Microsoft’s ‘What’s Next for Gaming’ briefing aired last week and brought a ton of exciting news for gamers. With new games, a whole new Windows 11 update featuring a Game Pass widget and Project Moorcraft — a program that brings demos of new and upcoming games to Xbox Game Pass members — there was a lot to love. But, the standout news was Microsoft’s launch of the Xbox app on Samsung Smart TVs later this month — this means cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, without the need of a console.
Until now, the only way to play Xbox games was through the purchase of an Xbox console or through cloud gaming on your smartphone, PC or tablet. The new Samsung integration lets you play Xbox on your TV without a console. Here’s what to know about Xbox cloud gaming and how to get it on your device.
What Is the Xbox App on Samsung TVs?
Samsung announced earlier this year the release of the Samsung Gaming Hub on new 2022 Smart TVs. Samsung’s Gaming Hub is set to launch on Smart TV models starting June 30 — although this may vary by region. The Xbox app will also launch at the same time and it’s the first time ever gamers will be able to try out cloud-enabled Xbox games on a TV, without a console. “With the same ease that our customers watch live sports and stream movies on Samsung Neo QLEDs and QLEDs, they can now play their favorite games,” said Won-Jin Lee, President and Head of the Service Business Team at Samsung Electronics about the new partnership.