Starting June 30, you won’t need a console at all to play Xbox games. Microsoft has announced a partnership with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to its 2022 Smart TVs. That means if you buy a 2022 model Samsung television, you can play more than a hundred cloud-enabled games on Xbox Game Pass — without a console. Game Pass has often been called the “Netflix of games,” and that comparison’s more accurate now than it’s ever been. The Xbox app will be bundled into Samsung’s proprietary Gaming Hub on its smart TVs, which also includes Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Google Stadia (remember that one?).
The app is compatible with Bluetooth controllers, including the Adaptive Controller and even Sony’s DualSense, introduced for PlayStation 5. Yep, that means you can play Halo Infinite or Forza Horizon 5 with a DualSense now, if that floats your boat. (I’ve done it, it’s weird, but it works just fine!)
“We’re building a platform that can reach billions of players — whether it’s on console, whether it’s on PC, whether it’s through Xbox cloud streaming — where players on any device they want to play on should be able to find the content they want to play,” said Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a post on Xbox Wire.