Xbox Cloud Gaming users, as part of subscribing to Game Pass Ultimate, will be able to play games directly on Samsung Smart TVs without the need for a console for the Xbox App TV. The news was announced at What’s Next For Gaming, a press event, this Thursday (9). The initiative was announced last year when Microsoft announced a strategy for streaming games from xCloud to mobile phones, PCs and Xbox Series X / S consoles. The news will now be effective in 27 countries from June 30, but it is not yet known whether Brazil is on the list.
Microsoft’s cloud gaming service works like “Netflix Games”. Users currently pay BRL 44.99 per month on the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and have access to over 100 game libraries that can be accessed online via Android and iPhone (iOS), iPad and tablets, in addition to their own Xbox Video. games.
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Xbox App TV lets you play games on your Samsung Smart TV without the need for a console with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – Photo: Disclosure / Xbox
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Initially, the launch is in partnership with Samsung and only works on smart TVs released from 2022. However, Xbox says it plans to enter into more deals with other brands in the future. The functionality is interesting for new users who want to start playing without investing in an Xbox Series X / S or gaming PC, as well as for those who already have a subscription to the service and want to play on another device.
The brand also promises that the experience of using the Xbox App TV will be as easy as using any other streaming app. Access will be through the Game Hub in the new system of Samsung TVs, where the Xbox app will be available. Just open it, sign in with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account to get started.
To play you will need a joystick with Bluetooth connection. You can use your own Xbox Wireless, Elite Series 2 or Adaptive Controller. Still, just like on PC or mobile, the PlayStation joystick, DualSense, is also compatible with the app.
Xbox App TV Home will be similar to what is already visible on the console – Photo: Disclosure / Xbox
Big news does not come alone. Microsoft also took advantage of the opportunity to strengthen its goal of making games even more accessible to the world’s three billion players and expanding streaming games. At the event, the brand also announced the expansion of Xbox Cloud Gaming to two more countries: Argentina and New Zealand.
In addition, new features were recalled and introduced for Windows 11 gaming via PC. Players will be able to calibrate HDR with the new app, and the system will get the Game Pass widget, in addition to an exclusive control strip for games that can be activated when connected to an Xbox controller computer. Microsoft Edge also gets improvements like a main page Game-oriented, built-in Clarity Boost, popular game menu, plus efficiency mode.
Microsoft Edge adopts Clarity Boost tool – Photo: Disclosure / Xbox
Finally, a new project has been revealed that promises players a game experience that will come in the Game Pass. On behalf of Project Moorcroft, it aims to give independent developers more chances to popularize their games. This way, users will be able to play demos and receive rewards for new game feedback.
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