XBOX Dongle Is Dead But Integration Coming To Samsung TVs

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Not long ago, we learned that Microsoft had nixed a dongle that would have allowed various devices to access XBOX games from the cloud. During a recent Slopecast, I mentioned that MS might work with Samsung and integrate the necessary software and hardware needed to stream games directly from a TV. It looks like I was right.
Ars Technica is reporting that MS will work with Samsung to deliver XBOX Cloud gaming without the need for extra equipment like a streaming box or dongle. This inclusion is coming sooner than later. Samsung’s Neo QLED 4K and 8K televisions already include the tech! This feature is the Samsung Gaming Hub and is not exclusive to the XBOX app. It also has Stadia.
We did find a listing for the XBOX app on the website. The app is free, and here’s the description that accompanies it:

With the Xbox app you can play Fortnite for free* or stream hundreds of high-quality Xbox games directly onto your smart TV via cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – cancel your membership anytime. Just grab your favorite controller to get started. Enjoy new games on day one from Xbox Game Studios, as well as iconic franchises from Bethesda Softworks and more. Tap into the heart of the Xbox community and join millions of players. Launch the Xbox app now to start playing the games you want.

It’s pretty much the same general info that can be found elsewhere. In addition, there is a commercial advertising the service:

So, how well does it work? Unfortunately, it’s still too early to find a suitable aggregate of reviews. However, some YouTube channels are starting to post videos of the Game Pass app in action:

It looked pretty smooth, but that doesn’t tell me much about latency or lag in other games.

[Source: Ars Technica]


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