Microsoft announced on Thursday that the ability to play Xbox games will be integrated into Samsung smart TVs in its latest cloud gaming move.
Microsoft is considered the heavyweight in video game streaming with its Xbox Game Pass service and large community of gamers who use its consoles and desktop computers.
And while the American tech titan makes Xbox video game consoles, it has taken the initiative to allow people to play titles on the internet-connected devices of their choice with titles hosted in the cloud.
“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,” the leader said. of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer, in a message.
Microsoft had already made some Xbox games available to play on Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
An Xbox app will be part of a game hub on Samsung model 2022 smart TVs in 27 countries by the end of this month, the South Korean consumer electronics giant said.
Gamers will need to wirelessly connect video game controllers to TVs via Bluetooth.
The more than 100 titles available to stream on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service will include Halo Infinite, Hades and Forza Horizon 5, according to the companies.
The hit video game “Fortnite” will be available for free, said Ashley McKissick, vice president of Microsoft.
“We created Xbox Game Pass and continue to expand Cloud Gaming to new devices so we can open up the ways people can play on the devices they already own: PC, console, mobiles, tablets and now Smart TVs. “, McKissick said.
Amazon launched its mainstream video game streaming service Luna earlier this year in the United States, aiming to expand its multi-pronged empire in the booming gaming industry.
Luna allows gamers to access games directly online without the need for a console as part of cloud gaming technology which is seen as a future direction for the industry.
Luna takes on Microsoft and PlayStation maker Sony as well as Stadia commissioned by Google.
Microsoft catapulted itself into the big leagues in one of the world’s most lucrative markets earlier this year when it announced a $69 billion deal to take over video game maker Activision Blizzard – the company’s biggest ever acquisition. the history of the sector.