Xbox will stream games from the cloud direct to your TV 'within the next 12 months' - Phil Spencer

Microsoft is looking to extend its Project xCloud streaming capability from mobile devices to smart TVs before next Christmas.

The service began rolling out in many countries this year and although New Zealand is not listed as one of them, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in the Newshub office are already able to remotely play their consoles via both iOS and Android phones.

But xCloud will also allow people to stream games from not from their own consoles, but from Xbox cloud servers to their phones - and soon also to their TVs.

In an interview with The Verge, Xbox boss Phil Spencer called xCloud "our version of [Google] Stadia or [Amazon] Luna" and said it'll soon mean people can simply run an Xbox TV app instead of using actual gaming hardware.

"I think you're going to see that in the next 12 months. I don't think anything is going to stop us from doing that," Spencer told The Verge.

"A TV is really more of a game console stuffed behind a screen that has an app platform and a Bluetooth stack and a streaming capability.

"Is it really a TV anymore or is it just the form and function of the devices that we used to have around our TV, consolidated into the one big screen that I'm looking at?"

However, Spencer said he was "not quite as sold" on the idea of cloud gaming meaning an absolute end to gaming consoles in homes and talked of a "hybrid" system.

Meanwhile, PlayStation has suggested that it is working on a subscription service that may rival Microsoft's widely celebrated Xbox Game Pass, sometimes referred to as 'the Netflix of gaming'.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan is quoted by Russian outlet Tass as saying with regards to a Game Pass rival: "there is actually some news to come, but just not today".