Delivering on a promise made in 2021, Microsoft today officially announced its partnership with Samsung to create an Xbox app for the company’s smart TVs that will allow anyone to play Xbox games through the cloud, without needing to own an Xbox console.
Starting June 30, anyone with a “New 2022 Samsung Smart TV” in 27 supported countries can download the Xbox app and start playing games through the cloud. Players will apparently also need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, except in the case of Fortnite. As previously announced, Microsoft and Epic have reached an agreement to make Fortnite free to stream for everyone.
Microsoft understands that it can’t sell a console to everyone because some people are unwilling or unable to spend the $300+ needed to buy the hardware. With the Xbox app for TVs, users will only need a Bluetooth controller, and it doesn’t even have to be an Xbox controller. And based on our brief time with it, Samsung’s Xbox app streaming works well enough.
Similar to how Xbox streaming works on PC and mobile, players can use an Xbox controller or DualShock controller, or other supported Bluetooth controllers. Bluetooth headsets are also supported for game audio and chat.
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said: “We’re building a platform that can reach billions of gamers – whether on console, whether on PC, whether via Xbox cloud streaming – where players on any device they want to play on should be able to find the content they want to play.”
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