December 9, 2022

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Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app streams games without a console later this month

Microsoft's new Xbox TV app streams games without a console later this month

Microsoft launched its Xbox TV app later this month, allowing owners of 2022 Samsung Smart TVs and monitors to play Xbox games without a game console. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have access to more than 100 games through 2022 Samsung Smart TVs, which are streamed through the cloud. Powered by dedicated Xbox Series X consoles. fortnite It’s even free to stream if you’re not a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

The Xbox TV app will work much like Netflix does on TVs and will be available from the Samsung Game Center on June 30 in 27 countries. You can simply sign in to your Microsoft account in the app and play Xbox games just as you would with Xbox Cloud Gaming in a browser.

Xbox app that works on Samsung TV.
Image: Microsoft

Microsoft and Samsung will support a large number of consoles for the Xbox app, including the Xbox range of consoles, Sony’s DualSense, and more. You can simply connect a controller via bluetooth, and you are good to go. Unfortunately, Microsoft isn’t increasing streaming resolutions to 4K, so games will be limited to 1080p streaming at 60fps.

Microsoft has partnered with Samsung here for the initial launch of the Xbox app, but it’s not clear when the app will be available on other TVs or even older Samsung models. “We are bringing the Xbox app to Samsung smart TVs first, and we aim to explore other TV partnerships as part of this next development in our vision,” explains Ashley McKissick, corporate vice president of Xbox gaming experiences and platforms.

This latest Samsung partnership follows similar marketing deals to Xbox Game Pass And the Xbox Cloud Games On Android and more Partnerships related to Android and Windows.

The user interface of the Xbox TV app is similar to Xbox Cloud games.
Image: Microsoft

Originally announced last yearThe Xbox TV app is a milestone for Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming and Game Pass ambitions. Microsoft is gradually expanding Xbox Cloud gaming, bringing the service to iOS devices through the browser and even on the web, Xbox One consoles, and computers.

Microsoft also has plans for separate Xbox streaming devices that can connect to monitors or TVs and stream games much like this Xbox TV app. The software maker recently revealed that Game Streaming Device Reworkcodenamed Keystone, so this disk-like device isn’t coming out anytime soon.

We got hands-on early with the new Xbox TV app, and you can Check out our first impressions here.

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