Samsung TVs will have access to Xbox Game Pass and the option to stream games like Halo Infinite and Microsoft Flight Simulator without a console later this month.
Samsung TVs will get the Xbox TV app later this month
The latest example of cloud gaming, a service-based approach similar to Netflix’s streaming television and movies, is Microsoft’s entry into Samsung smart TVs. The trend of moving away from physical disks and toward streaming games accessible across multiple devices has had its fits and starts — The Stadia service from Google has not taken off yet — but it’s one many key players are banking on as a big part of the industry’s future.
The service will be available on all Samsung televisions manufactured in 2022, and it will go live in 27 countries on June 30. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $15 each month, but you may test it out for free for the first month.
“When I think about 3 billion people on the planet playing video games, and the number of people who want to play on a device that’s already in their home or in their pocket, that has to be a primary focus for us at Xbox,” Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox business, said in an interview on Monday. “Giving players choice … has been critical to the journey we’ve been on.”
For Samsung, which already offers Xbox’s cloud gaming on its Galaxy S line of smartphones, getting a better gaming experience on its televisions was a no-brainer.
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