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Microsoft will integrate cloud-based Xbox app into Samsung TVs

(Handout image courtesy Samsung Elecronics)

Owners of Samsung’s Tizen-powered smart TV lineup will soon be allowed to play Xbox games without a dedicated console.

The feature is part of a broader strategic partnership between Samsung and Microsoft announced on Thursday that will allow owners of Samsung TVs made this year and beyond to access Xbox titles from within the Samsung Gaming Hub.

Eligible TVs include Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and QLED TV sets. Samsung’s line up of Tizen-powered smart monitors will also get access to the feature.

“In addition to the Xbox app offering hundreds of their favorite games via Xbox Game Pass, gamers can also look forward to an amazing gaming experience with minimized latency and amazing visual graphics thanks to advanced motion enhancements and game-play performance technology across Samsung’s 2022 Smart TV lineup and 2022 Smart Monitor Series,” a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.

“We’re on a quest to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet, and bringing the Xbox app to smart TVs is another step in making our vision a reality,” Phil Spencer, the chief executive of Microsoft’s gaming division, said on Thursday. “That’s why we’re excited to partner with Samsung, a global leader in TVs, on bringing Xbox to more players. Working with Samsung has helped us provide more access to gaming and enabled us to welcome new players into our thriving community.”

In addition to Microsoft’s Xbox cloud service, the Samsung Gaming Hub also supports titles distribtued through Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Utomik and Google’s Stadia services.