Microsoft today announced a lot of news about exciting developments on Xbox. These include game demos officially for Xbox Game Pass members, bringing the Xbox app to Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs, expanding Xbox Cloud Gaming to more countries, Microsoft Edge and Windows 11 getting new features for support. loading games and Xbox Design Lab receiving more options.
Ahead of Summer Game Fest and the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Xbox announced many upcoming updates to various aspects of its ecosystem. The most exciting addition is the arrival of curated game demos for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, which will be rolling out over the next year.
Xbox introduces Project Moorcroft
Microsoft has announced some details about Project Moorcroft, a program that will allow Xbox Game Pass subscribers to play curated demos of upcoming games. The main focus will be on exposing indie developers, though this will likely extend to some AAA games as well. Participating developers will be able to see how its demos work and get paid for it.
Additionally, Xbox also announced that Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play certain games they already own or have purchased outside of the Xbox Game Pass library from the cloud. This means you won’t necessarily need an active subscription to continue playing some games downloaded from the Game Pass library. Xbox plans to roll this out later this year.
Xbox app coming to 2022 Samsung smart TVs
Microsoft is teaming up with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to its 2022 lineup of smart TVs. Players will then be able to play hundreds of cloud-enabled games without the need for a console. Xbox promises the experience will be seamless, no different from using any other streaming app on your TV.
The feature will be available on June 30. You’ll just need to open the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub, sign in to your existing Microsoft account, and connect your favorite Bluetooth controller. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have immediate access to the full library of cloud-enabled games.
Xbox Cloud Gaming Expansion
Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) will expand to new regions, specifically Argentina and New Zealand. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in these countries will be able to play hundreds of games from the cloud on Windows PCs, Apple or Android phones and tablets, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles and possibly Samsung Smart TVs as well .
Microsoft added that users in Argentina and New Zealand won’t need a subscription to play Fortnitewhich is always good news.
Microsoft Edge and Windows 11 gaming updates
Microsoft Edge and Windows 11 will receive new game updates. For Windows 11, Xbox is optimizing windowed games for the Windows Insider Program. Latency improvements, auto HDR, and variable refresh rate (VRR) are all being tested. Additionally, an HDR calibration app will allow users to improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR display. A Game Pass widget will also be added for quick access to the Game Pass library.
Another feature tested for the Windows Insider Program is the Controller Bar, which features a list of the most popular games and shortcuts to game launchers (including the Xbox app). Without really needing a mouse and keyboard, the Controller Bar will let users jump into Xbox Cloud Gaming or their recently played games seamlessly.
Microsoft Edge also gets great gaming features and updates. Specifically, there will now be a personalized gaming homepage “with news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, upcoming and newly released games, and the Xbox library. Cloud Gaming”.
If you use Microsoft Edge browser on Windows to play cloud-enabled games, Built-in Clarity Boost will make cloud gameplay crisper and clearer. Microsoft Edge will also get a new Games menu, giving quick access to popular free games like Microsoft Solitaire, Atari Asteroids, Microsoft Jewel and more.
Finally, Efficiency Mode will improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to keep games fast and smooth by “automatically reducing browser resource usage” every time gamers launch a PC game.
Xbox Design Lab
Microsoft has announced that Xbox Design Lab will receive new options and features, expanding the range of customization options and colors.
This includes new pastel colors – Soft Pink, Soft Orange, Soft Green and Soft Purple, as well as new Camo Top housings with matching side caps – Mineral Camo, Arctic Camo, Forest Camo, Sandglow Camo and Blaze Camo.
Xbox Design Lab will also launch in 11 new countries: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Taiwan later this summer.
Tune in to the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12 at 7:00 PM SAST to learn more about new games coming to Xbox and PC in the future.