On Thursday, Microsoft announced that the Xbox app for smart TVs will launch this month. Starting June 30, a new Xbox app will be available in the Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub on Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play hundreds of Xbox games via the cloud from the app without a console.

Xbox app launched on Samsung smart TVs

Samsung announces that the Xbox app will be coming to Neo QLED and QLED TVs and the 2022 Smart Monitor series. Through the Samsung Gaming Hub, owners of Samsung TVs and monitors will be able to stream over 100 games. You can see the full list here, but it includes hit tracks like Forza Horizon 5, Infinite Halo, NBA 2K22and Minecraft.

Provided you have one of the supported TVs or monitors, you can simply sign in to an existing Microsoft account to stream Xbox games to the cloud.

The Xbox app on Samsung TVs and monitors will support a wide variety of controllers at launch. This includes Microsoft’s Xbox controllers and Sony’s DualSense controller for the PS5. Xbox games will only be able to stream up to 1080p at 60fps. Given the limitations of cloud streaming, this only makes sense.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer shared the following statement this week:

We’re on a quest to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet, and bringing the Xbox app to smart TVs is another step in making our vision a reality. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Samsung, a global leader in televisions, to bring Xbox to more gamers. Working with Samsung has helped us provide better access to games and allowed us to welcome new players to our thriving community.

Other Major Xbox Announcements

The Xbox app on smart TVs was just one of many announcements made by Microsoft on Thursday. The company also revealed that Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to Argentina and New Zealand. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in these countries can play games from the cloud today. They can also play Fortnite even if they are not members.

Additionally, Xbox Game Pass members will soon be able to play select games they already own from the cloud. Microsoft also unveiled the Moorcraft project. This feature will allow Xbox Game Pass members to play demos of upcoming games.

Finally, Xbox Design Lab adds a host of new customization options. There are new pastel colors and new Camo Top cases for the Xbox controllers. Additionally, Xbox Design Lab is coming to 12 new countries: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

If you want to learn more about the games Microsoft has in store for 2022, tune in to the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12 at 1 p.m. ET.


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