The Samsung Gaming Hub launches today, June 30, giving owners of the latest Samsung TVs the ability to play games directly from the TV without the need for a console.
Perhaps the biggest and most notable part of the Samsung Gaming Hub is its Xbox app which allows Game Pass Ultimate members to stream games from the Game Pass catalog.
With the Xbox app for TVs, users will only need a Bluetooth controller, and it doesn’t even have to be an Xbox controller. Based on our brief stint with it, Samsung’s Xbox app streaming works quite well.
The Samsung Gaming Hub is available for all 2022 Samsung smart TVs. In addition to Xbox functionality, the hub includes options for other streaming services like Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik. Amazon’s Luna service will be added “soon”, Samsung said.
The hub will also include “expert-curated recommendations” for gamers who need or want help finding a new game to play. Additionally, the hub also connects to video streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube, as well as Spotify, directly from the app.
There is also an in-app game hub that displays game news and tutorials.
In addition to this Xbox app for Samsung TVs, Microsoft is working on its own streaming stick that people can plug into any TV or monitor to stream Xbox games. It’s all part of Microsoft’s plan to reach 3 billion players and expand Xbox to more places.
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