Microsoft announced this morning that it’s launching a new Xbox app on 2022 Samsung Smart TVs later this month. The app will provide access to Xbox Cloud Gaming and a library of over 100-cloud enabled games with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
This new Xbox app will launch on 2022 Samsung Smart TVs on June 30 in 27 countries. It’s also coming to select Samsung Smart Monitors which use the same Tizen operating system as Samsung’s latest Smart TVs.
This new Xbox app will be available in the Samsung Gaming Hub, and consumers will just need to log in with their Microsoft account and connect a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox Wireless Controller or a PS5 DualSense controller to get started. Bluetooth headsets will also be supported for game audio and chat. The UI of this new Xbox app will look quite similar to the Xbox dashboard, as you can see below.
Fortnite, the first free-to-play game on Xbox Cloud Gaming will also be available on Samsung Smart TVs via the Xbox app, and it won’t require an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription like the rest of the Xbox Cloud Gaming catalog. Microsoft previously said that it’s planning to bring more free-to-play games to Xbox Cloud Gaming, though we don’t have more details yet.
“We are bringing the Xbox App to Samsung Smart TVs first, and our intent is to explore other TV partnerships as part of this next evolution in our vision,” said Ashley McKissick, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Experiences & Platforms. In addition to this new Xbox app for Samsung Smart TVs and monitors, Microsoft also recently confirmed that it’s still working on “Keystone,” a new device designed to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to all TVs.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is currently available in 26 countries, and it’s launching today in Argentina and New Zealand. As of today, more than 10 million people worldwide have tried Xbox Cloud Gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and Microsoft is betting on its game streaming service to reach the 3 billion players worldwide.