With a Samsung TV and Game Pass Ultimate, I don’t need to buy an Xbox

It’s taken a while, but now you can stream Xbox games from your TV with no Microsoft console in sight. Assuming you have a Samsung TV. The Xbox app is now available on the latest smart TVs and monitors from Samsung, along with apps for competing gaming services like NVIDIA’s Stadia and GeForce Now. It’s bigger news, however, when a console manufacturer – and its vast catalog of games on Game Pass Ultimate – offers game streaming straight from your TV.

I had an extended gaming session during a launch showcase at Samsung’s London event space, and it made me, a PlayStation gamer, an offer I can’t refuse: play Xbox games from the cloud with no additional hardware save one Bluetooth connection controller. I can even use my DualSense controller because that’s the kind of person I am.

This will be familiar to anyone who has streamed games using Xbox Cloud or Google’s Stadia before, but all the games I’ve tried have been smooth with incredibly fast loading speeds. Some early previews from Samsung’s Gaming Hub kept gaming media on well-known hits, but when Xbox rolled out the full Game Pass experience, I had to test its limits flight simulatora game that benefits from faster loading times and avoids those pesky giant patch files.

On a big TV even while standing while playing flight simulator becomes a meditative experience. Enter your destination for a reconnaissance flight (or, easier on a controller, place your cursor on the world map) and just fly and fly and fly. I did that and started hating that I can never do that on my PS5. I’m already hooked on the idea – I just don’t have a 2022 Samsung TV. Damn Microsoft.

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Of course it’s not perfect. Don’t expect 4K or variable refresh rates above 60fps – this is still cloud gaming, although we’re getting 4K streams on Stadia… The bigger question is whether Xbox games can stream stably for several hours on Samsung’s Game Hub, and that is something that can only be answered after extensive testing. What if your connection hiccups and you lose that great stride you’ve made? Red Dead Redemption 2?

For now, the hub is limited to Samsung’s 2022 TVs and monitors, and it’s unclear how Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud will push to other big screens not connected to its consoles. Samsung’s spokesman said the company hopes to “expand device coverage in the near future.”

Microsoft’s own streaming stick, similar to a Chromecast, seemed like the obvious solution, but the company said earlier this year that it was taking a “new approach” with its game streaming devices, so for a while at least, that won’t be the case case is. It wasn’t elaborated further, other than teasing “a new approach that will allow us to bring Xbox cloud gaming to more gamers around the world in the future.”

That could mean a dedicated device, or it could be exactly what I’m testing today, the TV app coming to more TVs. Hopefully some that already exist. hopefully mine? Buying a new TV to avoid paying $300 for a new console seems more than a little cumbersome. Right now I’m waiting for a way to cast Xbox Cloud to my TV without a console. Aside from some particularly tedious workarounds, it looks like I’ll be waiting a bit longer.

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Russell Falcon

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