Expected for many years, Microsoft’s cloud gaming service is finally officially coming to Samsung TVs. Gamers to enjoy Xbox Cloud Gaming in the living room without an Xbox console.
For several years, Samsung and Microsoft have come very close around partnerships to converge their respective ecosystems. This is how the Galaxy Note 10 received a preview of the “xCloud project” from 2019, or how Samsung smartphones benefit from a close connection with Windows 11. The very logical evolution of this partnership was the arrival of the Xbox Cloud Gaming directly on the South Korean giant’s televisions. Microsoft formalizes this new step.
Launch June 30
Microsoft announces a partnership with Samsung to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to Samsung’s 2022 TVs. All the games already integrated into the catalog of Microsoft’s cloud gaming service will therefore be immediately available by this new means. Microsoft intends here to honor the promise it had already made in June 2021 at the time of its first “What’s Next For Gaming“. For the second year, Microsoft presented this event reserved for the press at the beginning of June to take stock of strategy around video games. This allows the firm to focus solely on upcoming games during its June 12 Xbox Game Showcase and occupy the news twice a week.
In June 2021, Microsoft promised to open Xbox Cloud Gaming to connected televisions. Samsung is thus the first to sign for the availability of the application from June 30, 2022, but should not be the last. Microsoft“other TV partnerships as part of this next evolution“.
Enjoy Xbox games with a simple subscription
From June 30, 2022, owners of a Samsung TV dating from 2022 will be able to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to benefit from the catalog of compatible games directly in streaming, without a console or PC. Samsung’s press release specifies that PC Smart Monitor screens will also be affected by this application. To test the service, they can also try out Fortnite, which can be played for free without a subscription since May 5, 2022. The only accessory needed: a Bluetooth controller compatible with the service.
The service will be integrated into the Samsung Gaming Hub of televisions.
Gaming on TV without a console
With this launch, it is the first time that such a substantial video game offer will be available on televisions without requiring the purchase of a dedicated console. Of course, Nvidia already offered GeForce Now and Google had its Stadia service on big screens before. The arrival of Microsoft is more important, however, because it is a major player in traditional video games, one of the three manufacturers of home consoles with Nintendo and Sony. The Redmond firm adds one more brick to its strategy, allowing players to discover its home games other than on an Xbox console costing several hundred euros, or on an even more expensive PC.
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