Microsoft has never hidden its ambitions to develop its service of cloud gaming beyond the boundaries of consoles and smartphones. The manufacturer offers us concrete proof of this commitment.
As the company fine-tunes preparations for its big Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase conference (Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m.), a long blog post details Microsoft’s future plans for access to the video game. His title ? ” Xbox is building the gaming platform for the next 20 years. ” Just that.
A cornerstone of Microsoft’s strategy, “game in the cloud” goes beyond the usual devices. With Xbox Game Pass (in its Ultimate version only), you can already play hundreds of games on a smartphone, an old computer or an Xbox console without even having to install them. From June 30, owners of a Samsung television will be able to do so directly from a dedicated application.
The firm is thus fulfilling a promise made more than a year ago. At the time, Phil Spencer, the honcho of the Xbox Gaming branch, declared that such an application could happen ” within 12 months “. It was in November 2020. A little ignition delay therefore, which should nevertheless satisfy those who have recently fallen for a Samsung television trendy.
Yes because, unfortunately, we understand that the Xbox Game Pass application will only be available on models marketed in 2022. However, if you are one of the lucky ones, all you have to do is log into a Microsoft account from the application, row in the Samsung Gaming Hub on your TV.
With this announcement, Microsoft is putting a piece back into a machine that is already doing very well for it. Judging by its latest financial statement, some 10 million gamers have already used the Xbox Game Cloud since its launch in September 2020.
A figure to make any Google Stadia in this world green with envy, which has never been able to convince enough users to even communicate a figure publicly (but which is also available on some televisions).
It’s a fact: when it comes to cloud gaming, Microsoft is way ahead. An advance powered by a catalog of varied games which, unlike a Stadia or GeForce NOW for example, does not require you to buy your games. Everything is already included in the subscription (€12.99 per month).
In a few weeks, Sony will launch its new PlayStation Plus Premium service. A new offer which, in addition to various advantages, will provide access to a large toy library of PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP and PS4 games via the clouds. But, the confusion around the nomenclature of the service, its higher price than the Game Pass (€ 16.99) and its unavailability on smartphone or connected TV should not be enough to shake the Microsoft ogre. For the moment ?
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Xbox cloud gaming comes to Samsung TVs
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