Microsoft has announcement that it will launch its Xbox TV app on June 30, which will allow users to play Xbox games without a game console. The company has partnered with Samsung to bring the new Xbox gaming experience to the manufacturer’s 2022 smart TVs. The new TV application is launched in 27 countries. Microsoft notes that it is bringing the Xbox app to Samsung smart TVs first and plans to explore other TV partnerships in the future.
The company notes that playing Xbox games on 2022 Samsung smart TVs gives Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members instant access to more than 100 cloud-enabled games, including Xbox Game Studios titles on the day of release. Fortnite will be available to stream for free even if you are not a Game Pass Ultimate member.
You can start playing through the new app by accessing it from the Samsung Gaming Hub and logging into your existing Microsoft account. If you’re new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can sign up directly in the app. Next, you’ll need to connect your Bluetooth-enabled controller like the Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Elite Series 2 Controller, or DualSense Controller.
“We’re excited about what this next step means for all of you gamers,” Ashley McKissick, vice president of Xbox gaming experiences and platforms, said in a statement. blog post. “With this rollout, we’re making it easier than ever to play games on the devices you already own. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and a controller, you can easily jump into the world of gaming and connect with your friends. and communities on Xbox.
Microsoft notes that if you’re new to the game, it’s an easy way to start playing without needing to buy a PC or console. Today’s launch signals that Microsoft is focused on driving revenue through gaming content and services, not just console sales.
As part of today’s announcement, Microsoft also shared that later this year it plans to roll out the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play select games they play from the cloud. already own or purchased outside of the Xbox Game Pass library.
Microsoft also revealed the first details of what it’s calling Project Moorcroft, which is a program that will bring curated demos of upcoming games for Xbox Game Pass members. The Moorcroft project will begin rolling out over the next year and will begin by focusing on giving indie developers a chance to build buzz around their games. Developers who are part of the program will be able to see the performance of their demos, while being paid.
It’s worth noting that limited-time game trials are one of the perks of Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus subscription offering, which will directly compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
The company also announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) will open to players from Argentina and New Zealand. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in these two countries can now play games from the cloud on Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows PCs, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles and soon on Samsung smart TVs.
Additionally, the company says it continues to work with Microsoft with new updates coming to Windows 11. Microsoft is testing optimizations for windowed games, which will improve latency and unlock new features like Auto HDR. and variable refresh rate (VRR). There will also be a new Game Pass widget that will allow players to browse and discover Game Pass games and return to their recently played titles.
Microsoft will also launch exclusive new gaming features for the desktop version of Microsoft Edge, which will be available soon. There will be a new personalized gaming homepage that will feature news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, upcoming and newly released games, and the Xbox Cloud Library Gaming. The company will also launch Efficiency Mode, which will help improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to keep games running smoothly by automatically reducing browser resource usage when launching a PC game. Microsoft notes that a new “Built-in Clarity Boost” feature will make cloud gameplay clearer when playing in the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.
Today’s announcement comes as Microsoft has spent a lot of money on Game Pass, as the company acquired major video game publishers such as Activision Blizzard and Bethesda for $68.7 billion and 7, $5 billion, respectively.