Microsoft said it was working with TV makers to allow the Xbox app to work on TVs themselves, without the need for a console. Thanks to its xCloud technology, Microsoft offers the Xbox Game Pass service to players who do not have their PC or console nearby or who do not even have one.
Microsoft is working with TV makers around the world to enable internet-enabled TVs to stream games from the Xbox app. Smart TVs will only need a controller or gamepad to play the over 100 games available on Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft also said it’s currently working on an Xbox app plug-in device, like a streaming stick, for TVs that don’t have Smart TV infrastructure. This means gamers won’t have to upgrade their TV or own a console to access Xbox games.
Little is yet known about when Microsoft will roll out its Xbox app to smart TVs or when it will launch the plug-in device for older TVs. Xbox chief Phil Spencer hinted at these two new ways to play Xbox games in 2020, and we’re only seeing confirmation of them. There is currently no release window or price set.
Xbox said its E3 presentation will focus primarily on upcoming games, so we’re unlikely to hear any new information about Xbox TV integration. While this is a whole new path for Xbox and gaming in your living room in general, Xbox is still committed to building consoles in the future.