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Microsoft launches its Xbox TV app so you can play without a console

Microsoft launches its Xbox TV app so you can play without a console

Samsung has partnered with Microsoft to bring an official Xbox app to Samsung 2022 smart TVs and monitors.

Owners of Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs are in luck, as later this month Microsoft will launch its Xbox TV app, which will allow users to play without an Xbox console.

Some of the TVs included are the Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and 2022 Smart Monitor series.

Samsung Gaming Hub will become the first platform to include the Xbox app on smart TVs, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to stream more than 100 games, including big titles like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and Fortnite.

Additionally, members will be able to play new compatible games from Xbox Game Studios, as well as franchises such as Bethesda Softworks, on day one of launch. Upcoming games include Starfield and Redfall.

The streaming service will feature custom Xbox Series X hardware and will work much like services like Netflix or Disney+, allowing users to log into their accounts and stream games just like they would on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

The Xbox app is expected to support a large number of controllers, including the Xbox line of controllers, Amazon Luna, and the PS5 DualSense controller. You will be able to connect controllers via Bluetooth.

Unfortunately, Microsoft caps the streaming resolution at 1080p at 60 frames per second, which means you’ll still have to turn to your next-gen gaming console or PC if you want to game in 4K.

It’s also unclear when the app will come to older models of Samsung TVs and monitors, though we’ll be sure to update this article when the information is clear. Samsung says the service will be available from Game Center starting June 30 in 27 countries.

More TV makers are likely to support the Xbox app in the future, though Microsoft hasn’t confirmed who will follow Samsung.

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