New Samsung TVs let you play Xbox games without the console

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Microsoft and Samsung now go hand in hand, with an announced partnership between the two companies that will see an Xbox app included on many of the latest and greatest TVs.

The announcement follows recent reports of Microsoft working on an Xbox streaming dongle dubbed “Keystone,” as part of the company’s push into cloud gaming. Starting later this month, the Xbox app will appear on several 2022 Samsung smart TVs, including the Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K, and QLED. In a nutshell, any 2022 Samsung smart TV above the BU8000 model will be able to play Xbox games without you needing to buy a physical Xbox. Additionally, the Samsung 2022 Smart Monitor series will also have access to the app.

More than 100 games, such as Infinite Halo and Forza Horizon 5, will be available to stream using the Xbox app through an Xbox Game Pass subscription. New games created by Microsoft-owned studios – under the Xbox Game Studios banner – are available to subscribers on launch day, such as star fieldan upcoming space RPG made by Bethesda.

For gaming, Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs include various features tailored to get the most out of the experience. The QLED lineup features AMD-backed FreeSync Premium Pro technology, which aims to reduce screen lag, stuttering, and tearing to produce a low-latency gaming session.

Samsung TVs will be able to connect wirelessly to an Xbox controller, but you’ll need to bring your own. Still, compared to buying an entire Xbox console, it’s an inexpensive way to access console-quality games.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is also available on many other devices, including consoles, PC, and mobile, making TV support a natural progression. Another cloud gaming service, Nvidia GeForce Now, which lets you stream PC games, is already available from several TV makers, including Samsung.

Here in Australia, Xbox app for 2022 compatible Samsung TVs will start rolling out June 30. More gaming options are always welcome, especially when console hardware is expensive and heavily out of stock. It shouldn’t take long for other TV manufacturers to join the party as well.

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