Microsoft presented further evidence Thursday that the new video gaming revolution will not be console-ized.

The company revealed today that its Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming platform is coming to an app on the Samsung Gaming Hub in the CE manufacturer’s 2022 smart TVs, beginning June 30th in 27 countries. Ashley McKissick, Microsoft Gaming Experiences & Platforms corporate VP announced the move in a blog posting Thursday.

The announcement was presented as a declaration that the company is moving forward with its promise to bring its gaming experiences to more people through more platforms.

“We are bringing the Xbox app to Samsung Smart TVs first, and our intent is to explore other TV partnerships as part of the next evolution in our vision,” McKissick wrote.

The Samsung Gaming Hub was originally introduced this year in part to bring game streaming services — also including Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now and Utomik — through corporate partnerships.

Samsung and Xbox have previously partnered “to bring Xbox Game Pass to the millions of Samsung Galaxy phones around the world.”

Samsung TV users will be able to use the new app to play hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library (membership required), including popular titles such as Epic Games’ “Fortnite” without a subscription; A Plague Tale: Innocence, Hades and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction.

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The Xbox Game Pass games can be played through the television using a Bluetooth link to a favorite controller.

To access the service Samsung 2022 TV owners can do the following:

  • Access the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub and log into your existing Microsoft account. If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have access to hundreds of cloud-enabled games or you can check out Fortnite without a membership.
  • If new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, join or upgrade for just $1. Newcomers can sign up directly through the app.
  • Connect a favorite Bluetooth-enabled controller (such as a Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Elite Series 2 Controller, or the DualSense controller), select a game from more than 100 titles available in the cloud and start playing.

In related announcements, Microsoft said it is also bringing new gaming experiences to Microsoft Edge and Windows 11.

“Optimizations for windowed games are currently being tested in the Windows Insider program. These are designed to significantly improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features, including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR),” Microsoft said. “A new HDR calibration app will enable players to improve color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays.”

A Game Pass Widget will allow players to browse and discover games from Game Pass and jump back into their recently played titles.

“Controller bar features a list of most recent games, and shortcuts to popular game launchers, including the Xbox app. Controller bar enables players to jump back into their games or even access Xbox Cloud Gaming without the need for a mouse and keyboard. This is also currently being tested in the Windows Insider program.”

The statement added that “later this year, it’s our intent to roll out the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play, from the cloud, select games they already own or have purchased outside the Xbox Game Pass library.”

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By Greg Tarr

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