Cloud gaming fans may come back to earth after news from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer that Microsoft has shelved its plans for the Xbox streaming device.

Long discussed Xbox Streaming Stickcodenamed Keystone, is no longer a viable option from both a production and usability standpoint. “It was more expensive than we wanted when we actually built it with the hardware we had inside,” said Spencer Edge (opens in a new tab). He cited the broader impact of the cost of living crisis on consumer habits as one of the determining factors behind the indefinite shutdown at Keystone – which makes sense, especially as we prepare for possible Xbox price increases will come in the new year.

However, those who have been looking forward to a cloud-only device will not be left out in the cold this winter. There are plenty of alternatives that won’t cost you (or Microsoft) a dime.

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