Microsoft has released the Xbox app for Samsung’s latest smart TVs, making it possible to play games like Halo: Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 in the cloud.
The app was announced earlier this month, and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now download the Xbox app and connect their controllers to the TV via Bluetooth.
This is the first time Microsoft has made the Xbox app, and hence games, available directly through a TV. Of course, the number of gamers who can test the app will be limited right now, as Samsung’s 2022 kits are only available for a short period of time. Some of the TVs included are the Neo QLED 8K series, the Neo QLED 4K and the 2022 Smart Monitor.
The game library is substantial and includes everything Game Pass offers as part of Xbox Cloud Gaming. Among the hundreds available are first-party hits like Microsoft Flight Simulator, but also games like Battlefield V, DOOM Eternal, MLB: The Show 22, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Mortal Kombat 11. You can see full list here. If you don’t have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll still be able to play Fortnite for free.
The launch is happening today in 27 countries around the world. To find the Xbox app on your Samsung 2022 Smart TV, Microsoft offers two methods that will depend on your location.
“In some countries, you can access the Xbox app through Samsung’s new Gaming Hub. Just navigate to the Gaming Hub through the user interface, launch the Xbox app, and you’re good to go!” Microsoft says in a blog post.
“Otherwise, you can go to the Samsung app store from the Samsung Media Hub, search for ‘Xbox’ to download the app to your TV, and launch it to start playing.”