Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app is the beginning of the end for console gaming – Review Geek

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It finally happens; Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to smart TVs. Starting in late June, anyone with a Game Pass subscription and a compatible TV can stream AAA games without additional hardware. This is Microsoft’s most important step into the future of gaming, and for better or worse, it’s the beginning of the end of the console era.

Cloud gaming lets you stream AAA titles on any device, even the crappy phone or Chromebook. And while dedicated consoles still offer the best (and most consistent) gaming experience, streaming titles from the cloud has some undeniable advantages: you don’t have to buy an Xbox or PlayStation every seven years. , your games are available on any device, and technically speaking, cloud-based titles can exceed the graphics capabilities of current-gen consoles.

Now, most people who try cloud gaming today will have a disappointing experience. This stuff requires a decent internet connection and the video quality is limited to 1080p 60FPS (unless you’re using NVIDIA GeForce). Plus, if you’re with a provider like Xfinity, cloud gaming will propel you towards your monthly data cap.

The Xbox app on a Samsung Smart TV.
Samsung

But Microsoft is slowly closing the gap between cloud gaming and console gaming. In a few years, the majority of gamers will no longer really have a reason to buy a console. Handheld computers can become After popular (because playing Assassin’s Creed on a phone sucks), and VR obviously requires dedicated hardware, but the era of noisy VCR-sized consoles is coming to an end.

As always, Microsoft is gradually expand its cloud gaming service. The Xbox TV app will roll out to Samsung smart TVs (starting with the 2022 TV lineup) before hitting Roku, Android TV and other platforms. It’s a little disappointing, but Microsoft followed the same strategy when rolling out the Xbox Cloud Gaming smartphone and tablet – it’s hardly a surprise.

When I don’t have time to cover all today’s Xbox news, I should note that Microsoft is working on a ton of new stuff. It’s rolling out a dedicated Xbox Cloud Gaming tab for the Edge browser, integrating user purchases with Game Pass (so you can stream games that aren’t in the Game Pass library) and allowing non-Game Pass customers to stream Fortnite free.

We expect the Xbox TV app to be a little janky at first, mostly because smart TVs use slow and unreliable hardware. But the experience should be smooth on the newer streaming sticks. Additionally, Microsoft is working on a dedicated Xbox TV dongle, which should (in theory) run Xbox Cloud Gaming better than most third-party products.

Source: Microsoft, Samsung

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