Xbox launches Samsung TV app for playing console-free games

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The Xbox platform continues to expand beyond consoles as Microsoft today launched an Xbox cloud streaming app for Samsung TVs.

The app has launched for Samsung’s 2022 model of smart TVs in 27 countries and provides access to the Xbox Game Pass catalog of streaming titles for subscribers.

Those who are not subscribers can still test the app by playing Fortnite.

In addition to the app, players will need a gamepad. Although the app supports Microsoft’s line of Xbox pads, the company said it will work with “almost any controller Bluetooth compatible”, including a Sony DualSense controller.

The Samsung app was one of several efforts Microsoft announced earlier this month to expand its Xbox subscription and service offerings.

Another potential piece of that strategy, a low-cost cloud streaming device that would plug into TVs like a Google Chromecast, was recently scrapped, according to reports last month.

Updated: July 01, 2022

The cloud streaming app has also been confirmed to have access to Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia, gaming subscription service Utomik, Twitch, and Microsoft’s Xbox TV app.

Amazon’s cloud gaming service Luna will be available at a later date.

Additional reporting by Jeffrey Rousseau.

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