Samsung’s new smart TVs give access to xCloud and GeForce now

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During this year’s Summer Games Festival, Samsung revealed a partnership with Microsoft that puts Xbox Cloud Gaming on its new smart TVs. The announcement comes days before the company launches the QN90, its first smart TV aimed at gamers.

In addition to the TV, Samsung has updated the layout of the Smart Hub, an interface for accessing multimedia content, and the Gaming Hub, a space for accessing all game content from the company’s partners.

The platform was presented in Brazil last Wednesday, July 6, and the main attraction is the game streaming partners from xCloud, Xbox, GeForce Now, Nvidia and the streaming platform Twitch.

To play cloud games on Samsung Smart TVs, you need a controller with Bluetooth connectivity, which can be a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S or even Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons.

The South Korean company said that the range of compatible devices is very large and soon a list of supported TV controllers should be available.

In addition to a wireless controller, you must have at least 25 Mbps internet speed to have a fluid experience and disconnect from Microsoft’s servers while playing the game.

our test

at launch Gizmodo Brazil Had the opportunity to test the performance of Xbox Cloud Gaming. The game running on the service was Forza Horizon 5, a popular racing game known for its super realistic graphics, and overall the cloud experience was satisfying.

The main concern was reaction time, which, depending on the game, can determine the winners and losers of a match. But, at least in Forza Horizon 5, the latency was practically imperceptible and didn’t interfere at all.

There was a slight framerate drop at one point during the experience, but the game quickly returned to normal. Maybe there was an internet connection problem.

The protagonist of this new Samsung gaming phase, NeoQLED, receives video feedback from Microsoft’s servers in 1080p and optimizes the resolution up to 4K. This allows users to fully exploit the graphical potential of the games in the Game Pass catalog.

This line of QN90s has a large portfolio of screens, with the smaller ones focused on the PC Gamer audience and the larger ones on people who prefer to entertain themselves with consoles.

Samsung also demonstrated GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, which offers 100 games via subscription to the service and supports titles from third-party platforms such as Steam, for example.

In other parts of the world, the company also has a partnership with Google’s Stadia, but it still won’t reach Brazilian TVs.

The new Smart Hub and Gaming Hub are only available on Samsung’s 2022 TVs, and older models should not receive app updates or support.

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