Microsoft’s new Xbox TV app streams games without a console later this month

Microsoft will launch its Xbox TV app later this month, allowing owners of Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs and monitors to play Xbox games without a game console. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to access more than 100 games through Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs, streaming through the cloud powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware. Fortnite is even available to stream for free if you are not a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

The Xbox TV app will work in the same way as Netflix does on TVs and will be available from Samsung’s gaming hub on June 30 in 27 countries. You simply log in to your Microsoft account in the app and stream Xbox games just as you would through Xbox Cloud Gaming in a web browser.

The Xbox app runs on a Samsung TV.
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Microsoft and Samsung will support a large number of controllers for the Xbox app, including the range of Xbox controllers, Sony’s DualSense and many more. You simply connect a controller via Bluetooth and you’re up and running. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not increase the streaming resolution to 4K, so gaming will be limited to 1080p streaming at 60 frames per second.

Microsoft has partnered with Samsung here for the first rollout of the Xbox app, but it is not clear when the app will be available on other TVs or even older Samsung models. “We bring the Xbox app to Samsung Smart TVs first, and our intention is to explore other TV partnerships as part of this next development in our vision,” explains Ashley McKissick, Executive Vice President of Xbox Gaming Experiences and Platforms.

This latest Samsung collaboration follows similar marketing agreements for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming on Android, as well as other Android and Windows related partnerships.

The Xbox TV app’s user interface is similar to Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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Originally announced last year, the Xbox TV app is a major milestone for Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming and Game Pass ambitions. Microsoft has gradually expanded the reach of Xbox Cloud Gaming, bringing the service to iOS devices through the browser and even the web, Xbox One consoles and PCs.

Microsoft also has plans for separate Xbox streaming devices that can be connected to monitors or TVs and streaming games very similar to this Xbox TV app. The software maker recently revealed that it is redesigning its game streaming device, codenamed Keystone, so this puck-like hardware will not appear right away.

We got an early hands-on from the new Xbox TV app, and you can check out our first impression here.