It’s been almost exactly a year since Microsoft announced that it was talking to TV manufacturers with a view to embed the Xbox Cloud Streaming tech in to televisions. They have now announced the first deal which will find the Xbox App shipping in the Samsung 2022 televisions.
Here’s the statement from Microsoft:
Today, we announced we’re partnering with Samsung to bring the Xbox App to 2022 Smart TVs so that you can play hundreds of cloud-enabled games, without a console.
- That means hundreds of games in our Game Pass Ultimate library, and Fortnite without a subscription.
- Playing Xbox games on Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs will be a seamless experience – it will be similar to using any other streaming app on your TV.
- It’s simple, starting on June 30, access the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub and log into your existing Microsoft account, connect your favorite Bluetooth controller.
- If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have access to play loads of great cloud-enabled games, or you can jump into Fortnite without a subscription.
How it works
Playing Xbox games on 2022 Samsung TVs will be a seamless experience, similar to using other streaming apps on your TV. Simply launch the app, connect your favorite controller, and start playing. Here’s the step by step:
- Access the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub and log into your existing Microsoft account. If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have access to hundreds of cloud-enabled games or you can check out Fortnite without a membership.
- If you are new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, join or upgrade today for just $1, or you can sign up directly in the app.
- Connect your favorite Bluetooth-enabled controller like the Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Elite Series 2 Controller, or the DualSense controller. Start playing over 100 high quality games, from the cloud including A Plague Tale: Innocence, Hades and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction.
Yep you read that last bit correctly, Microsoft are saying you can use the PS5 DualSense controller with the Xbox TV app.
This is a big move for Microsoft, most TVs come with Netflix and other streaming services built in and the ease of access has helped those services gain millions of customers. The deal may be why Microstf are currently rethinking their custom streaming device, Keystone.