Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app streams games without a console later this month
Microsoft is launching its Xbox TV app later this month, which will allow owners of Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs and monitors to play Xbox games without a game console. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can access more than 100 games through Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs, streaming via the cloud, powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware. Fortnite is even available to stream for free if you’re not a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.
The Xbox TV app works just like Netflix on TVs and will be available June 30 through Samsung’s gaming hub in 27 countries. You simply log into your Microsoft account in the app and stream Xbox games just like you would via Xbox Cloud Gaming in a browser.
Microsoft and Samsung will support a wide range of controllers for the Xbox app, including its range of Xbox controllers, Sony’s DualSense and many more. You simply connect a controller via bluetooth and you are ready to go. Unfortunately, Microsoft isn’t increasing its streaming resolution to 4K, so games are limited to 1080p streaming at 60fps.
Microsoft has partnered with Samsung for the initial rollout of the Xbox app here, but it’s not clear when the app will be available on other TVs or even older Samsung models. “We are bringing the Xbox app to Samsung Smart TVs first, and our intention is to explore other TV partnerships as part of this next evolution in our vision,” explained Ashley McKissick, corporate vice president of Xbox gaming experiences. and platforms.
This latest partnership with Samsung follows similar marketing deals for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming on Android, as well as other Android and Windows-related partnerships.
Originally announced last year, the Xbox TV app is a major milestone for Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming and Game Pass ambitions. Microsoft has gradually expanded the reach of Xbox Cloud Gaming, bringing the service to iOS devices through the browser and even the web, Xbox One consoles and PCs.
Microsoft also has plans for separate Xbox streaming devices that can be connected to monitors or TVs and can stream games very similar to this Xbox TV app. The software maker recently revealed that it is reworking its game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, so this puck-esque hardware won’t be out anytime soon.
We got an early hands-on of the new Xbox TV app, and you can check out our first impressions here.