Xbox game streaming will officially launch on 2022 Samsung smart TVs and monitors on June 30.
The service will be available on these devices through a dedicated Xbox app, and you’ll also need a $16.99/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. From there, you’ll be able to stream hundreds of games from the Game Pass catalog straight to your screen, without a console or PC. As well, Fortnite will be available to stream to anyone with the Xbox TV app – no Game Pass subscription required.
The app will support many Bluetooth controllers, including the Xbox Wireless Controller and PlayStation’s DualShock 4 (PS4) and DualSense (PS5) gamepads.
While Cloud Gaming will only be available on Samsung screens to begin with, Microsoft says it plans to “explore other TV partnerships” in the future. Either way, it’s still a major next step for Microsoft’s game streaming ambitions.
After initial testing of Cloud Gaming (formerly known as xCloud) in late 2019, the service has rolled out to Android, iOS, PC, and Xbox consoles. It’s part of Microsoft’s platform-agnostic approach, in which consumers have the option of entering the Xbox ecosystem through a Game Pass subscription, rather than specific hardware.
In addition to rolling out Cloud Gaming to Samsung displays, Xbox is also working on a Roku-like game streaming stick, though official details have yet to be confirmed.