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Microsoft’s ‘Keystone’ cloud streaming device may take on the Apple TV in the future

At one point in the past, Microsoft was putting a lot of the company's eggs on a future focused almost entirely on streaming entertainment. So much so that one of its previous video game consoles, the Xbox One, was practically kneecapped right out of the gate because of Microsoft's vision for the future. Things didn't pan out that way, though, and now, with the Xbox Series S and Series X, Microsoft's back on track. But that doesn't mean the company has given up on that particular dream.

Apple briefly hinted that Apple Music is coming to gaming consoles

Apple Music is available beyond the Apple ecosystem, thanks to support on some smart TVs and, most notably, Android devices. But, one area of use that Apple has not yet capitalized on is video game consoles. Apple Music is not currently available on Sony's PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, Microsoft's Xbox One series or the newer Series S or Series X, and it's not available on Nintendo's Switch. However, there have been some grumblings that could be changing. And now even Apple's hinted at the possibility.

Microsoft is almost ready with the public preview of xCloud cloud game streaming on iOS and iPadOS

In 2020, Apple found itself at the center of a larger discussion regarding cloud game streaming. The folks at Apple believed they were in the right, essentially blocking services from its App Store, while companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others weren't too happy with it. And a lot of customers found themselves on both sides of the fence, too. But those companies found a workaround, thanks to Apple's own mobile web browser.