A small revolution in the world of video games. After launching its Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming service in 2017, Microsoft decided to export it to Samsung TVs. Starting June 30, owners of one of the latest screen models from the South Korean brand will be able to access the Xbox Game Pass app through the Samsung Gaming Hub. This means that they will be able to play new games from Microsoft (Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and more) without having to be the owner of the console.
However, you will only need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for €12.99 per month and have a fiber optic internet connection capable of streaming video games. The subscription costs only one euro per month during the first quarter of the subscription. Prior to this, the cloud gaming service was available only to those who purchased an Xbox console, smartphone, tablet or computer. To play on a TV, whether it’s an Xbox or a PlayStation, you’ll need to invest in a Bluetooth controller. Bluetooth headsets for entertaining with friends will also work on the app. For now, only the Samsung brand will host the Xbox Game Pass app, but others may join the movement in the future, in particular TVs using Google’s operating system.
The development of its cloud gaming service should not be seen as Microsoft’s desire to abandon its Xbox console. Since its launch in November 2020, the Series X has seen excellent sales despite the global semiconductor shortage during the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, led by Satya Nadella, is primarily focused on attracting new consumers who are not accustomed to video games. She goes to look for them in a land very familiar to them, their television. When we know millions of people’s taste for streaming today, with the advent of platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, there’s certainly a whole universe to explore. In this area, Microsoft is now one step ahead of its rival Sony.