Microsoft announces that you will soon be able to play Xbox games on a TV without a console

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Xbox games are coming to TVs soon, Microsoft has confirmed.

Microsoft has announced a deal with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to 2022 smart TVs at the end of the month, so you can play cloud-enabled Game Pass Ultimate games without a console.

Microsoft said playing Xbox games on Samsung 2022 TVs will be a seamless experience, similar to using any other streaming app on your TV. It also means you can play Fortnite through Xbox Cloud Gaming for free and without a subscription on your TV.

All the big Xbox Game Pass announcements from the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase of 2021.

The Xbox app will go live on 2022 Samsung TVs on June 30. You can launch it from Samsung’s new Gaming Hub, and from there connect your Bluetooth-enabled controller, log into your Game Pass Ultimate account, and start playing.

Compatible controllers include the Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Elite Series 2 Controller, and Sony’s DualSense Controller.

It’s an important milestone for Microsoft’s gaming ambitions, which aim to reach as many gamers as possible on as many devices as possible.

“[Xbox Cloud Gaming] should be a part of you playing any game on any device, whether it’s a game you own or a free game: it’s really about providing great content gaming to any customer on any device through multiple business models,” Microsoft Gaming boss Phil Spencer said in a video briefing presented to the press this week.

“We’re building a platform that can reach billions of gamers – whether it’s console, whether it’s PC, whether it’s via Xbox cloud streaming – where gamers on any device they want to play on should be able to find the content they want to play. Whether it’s on a web browser, whether it’s in an app, or on a gaming device. It’s just fundamental to where Xbox is going: finding as many players as possible, cultivating a community of amazing creators.”

Microsoft added that it was bringing the Xbox app to Samsung smart TVs first and that it intended to “explore” other TV partnerships in the future.


Xbox app for smart TV UI.

As Microsoft pushes to bring the Xbox app to TVs, it recently confirmed that it has decided to “step away” from its planned Xbox cloud streaming box.

Although the device, codenamed Keystone, was never officially shown, earlier leaks pointed to a mini box similar to a shrunken Xbox Series S, which acted as a hub for Ethernet, USB and HDMI ports.

Xbox’s plan – which still seems to be in place, but not for the immediate future – is to launch Keystone as a small gadget capable of streaming Xbox Game Pass titles to any monitor or TV screen without console hardware. additional required.

Microsoft made a series of Xbox-related announcements today, including allowing Game Pass subscribers to bring their own games to Xbox Cloud Gaming later in 2022. Here’s everything Microsoft announced for Xbox today in a convenient summary form.

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