We talked a few days ago about an initiative by Xbox, the gaming division of Microsoft, to launch an accessory that would allow playing games on TVs and monitors with an HDMI input without the need for a console.
Now, the company has gone further and announced that, starting June 30, Samsung TVs will have an app dedicated to Xbox Game Pass, a service that works as a kind of “Game Netflix”, and which is now available for consoles. Xbox and PCs.
The difference here is that it will not be necessary to download and install the games available to play on TVs. The app will work similarly to another Xbox service: xCloud.
In it, whoever wants to play must choose the desired game, which will be executed in the cloud, without the need for a dedicated device. From there, just plug in a controller.
Currently, xCloud is already available for mobile phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox consoles.
For now, the new service will be restricted to Samsung TV models released in 2022. The Xbox Game Pass app will be available in the Samsung Gaming Hub section of the devices. Once installed, just log in with your Microsoft account.
There are no indications that the functionality will reach the manufacturer’s older TVs, or even confirmation of its presence in devices from other brands.
Arrive in Brazil?
Both Xbox Game Pass and xCloud are available in Brazil, but Xbox has not yet confirmed whether this new service will arrive in the country at launch.
Another issue is that, at least so far, Samsung has not launched its 2022 line of TVs in the domestic market, which should happen soon.
To use the new feature, you must have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Although it is not released in Brazil, it is important to know that new subscribers pay R$5 in the first three months and then R$44.99 per month. It allows access to a catalog —which works on a rotating basis— on consoles, PCs and via the cloud.
Those who are not a subscriber, however, can play the game Fortnite for free through the service.