Microsoft teased information ahead of its Xbox and Bethesda games showcase on Sunday, and that information indicates that its subscription service Xbox Game Pass can be installed natively 2022 Samsung TVs (as of June 30), and that means being able to play over 100 games from Xbox Cloud Gaming without having to buy a console or PC, all straight from your TV. Obviously, that this is only possible on this year’s models is a very negative point.
On the other hand, it is revealed that the PC-focused service, PC Game Pass, increased by 300% this yearthat 20% of Fortnite players do so from Xbox Cloud Gaming, or that Microsoft is very focused on improving its Xbox service on PC.
Other details of great relevance are that Xbloc Cloud Gaming has arrived today in two new countries: Argentina and New Zealand, the gaming experience has been improved since Windows 11 and the Microsoft Edge browser. All detailed information, without summary, after the jump.
Bringing the Xbox Game Pass app to 2022 Samsung smart TVs
Today we announced a partnership with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to its 2022 smart TVs, enabling console-free cloud gaming.
- That means hundreds of games from our Game Pass Ultimate library, plus Fortnitewhich does not require a subscription.
- Playing Xbox games on Samsung 2022 smart TVs will be a smooth experience, similar to using any other streaming app on your TV.
- It will be very simple. Starting June 30, access the Xbox app from Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub, sign in with your Microsoft account, and connect your favorite Bluetooth controller.
- If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll get access to a lot of awesome cloud games, or you can also play Fortnite without the need for a subscription.
Microsoft adds new experiences for gamers in Microsoft Edge and Windows 11
We continue to work at Microsoft to deliver a great gaming experience. This work continues with new updates for Windows 11:
- Optimizations for windowed games they are currently being tested in the Windows Insider Program. They’re designed to dramatically improve latency, as well as enable other great features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
- A new application of calibration for HDR will allow gamers to improve the color accuracy and uniformity of their HDR displays.
- The Game Pass widget will allow players to browse and discover games on the service, as well as return to their recently played titles.
- The control bar includes a list of the latest games and shortcuts to the most popular launchers, including the Xbox app. The Control Bar allows gamers to resume their games or even access Xbox Cloud Gaming without the need for a mouse and keyboard. This is something users of the Windows Insider Program are already testing as well.
We’re also excited to share how Microsoft Edge is evolving to meet the needs of gamers, helping to bring gaming to everyone, everywhere. New exclusive gaming features coming soon to the desktop version of Microsoft Edge, including select Xbox Cloud Gaming integrations:
- A new personalized gaming homepage that includes news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, recently released and upcoming games, and the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, including easy access to recently played games, as well as related content.
- The clarity boost integrated makes cloud games look crisper and more defined when played through the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.
- Microsoft Edge’s new games menu provides easy access to free and popular games like microsoft lonely, Atari Asteroids, Microsoft Jewel and the exclusive Microsoft Edge Surf game, while helping players discover new ones.
- Efficiency mode helps improve the performance of games on Windows 10 and 11 to run quickly and smoothly by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched.
Get the most out of your Xbox Game Pass membership
We’re excited to share that later this year we plan to allow Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play select games they already own or have purchased outside of the Xbox Game Pass library from the cloud.
We’ll also share early details for Project Moorcroft, a program that gives Xbox Game Pass members the ability to play and check out new demos of future releases.
- The program will begin rolling out over the next year, initially focusing on giving indie developers around the world more opportunities to build buzz for their games.
- Participating developers will be able to see and be compensated for the performance of their demos, allowing them to bring their creativity to Xbox and reach new audiences through Game Pass.
More options to express yourself with Xbox Design Lab
The Xbox Design Lab gives gamers around the world the ability to express their personality, opening up billions of possible combinations. Today, we’ve expanded that audience, along with the range of customization and color options.
- This includes new pastel colors: Soft Pink, Soft Orange, Soft Green and Soft Purple. As well as new Camo Top shells with matching side covers: Mineral Camo, Arctic Camo, Forest Camo, Sandglow Camo and Blaze Camo.
- Xbox Design Lab will also launch in 11 new countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, as well as Taiwan, where it will arrive later this summer.
The changes and improvements to the Xbox experience we announced today are part of our mission to bring the excitement of gaming to everyone on the planet. This is undoubtedly a big goal, with multiple milestones to be achieved in the years to come. Games evolve every day, but we believe that empowering and connecting the people who make these games with the people who play them is an ongoing and rewarding goal.