This Sunday at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we’re giving our fans an in-depth look at the amazing lineup of games coming to Xbox, PC, and the cloud. As we prepare to lift the veil on upcoming games, we also wanted to share some news on how you can play them. We think of this as progress on our mission to bring joy and community gaming to the 3 billion gamers on the planet.
With Xbox 20th anniversary is just behind us, it’s also important that you know what to expect from Team Xbox, including our devices and services, as we build a platform for next 20 years of play. Today, we’d like to share what we’re doing next to continue making Xbox the best game so players can enjoy the best games across genres and across consoles, PC and the cloud, including new Xbox Game Studios games with Xbox. Game Pass on launch day.
- Adding the Xbox App to Samsung Smart TVs in 2022
- Expanding Xbox Cloud Gaming to more countries
- New gaming experiences in Microsoft Edge and Windows 11
- Release updates for Xbox Game Pass members
- Introducing more ways to express yourself with Xbox Design Lab
According to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, “We’re building a platform that can reach billions of players – whether on console, PC or via Xbox cloud streaming – where players can play on any device they want to play on. should be able to find the content they want to play.”
Adding the Xbox App to Samsung Smart TVs in 2022
Today we announced that we are partnering with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to 2022 smart TVs so you can play hundreds of cloud games without a console.
- That means hundreds of games in our Game Pass Ultimate and Fortnite library without a subscription.
- Playing Xbox games on 2022 Samsung smart TVs will be easy — just like using any other streaming app on your TV.
- It’s easy, starting June 30th, access the Xbox app from Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub and sign in with your existing Microsoft account, connect your favorite Bluetooth controller.
- If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have access to tons of great cloud games, or you can Fortnite without a subscription.
We continue to expand Xbox Cloud Gaming
To meet demand and make games available to even more people, Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) is opening today for players in Argentina and New Zealand.
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in Argentina and New Zealand can play hundreds of cloud games on Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows PCs, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and soon on smart TVs with our partner launch of Samsung.
- Like players from other countries, gamers from Argentina and New Zealand can play Fortnite using Xbox Cloud Gaming for free and without any subscription.
Microsoft brings new gaming experiences to Microsoft Edge and Windows 11
We continue to partner with Microsoft to deliver a great gaming experience. This work continues with new updates for Windows 11 that will make the gaming experience even better:
- Optimization for windowed games currently being tested in the Windows Insider program. They are designed to dramatically reduce latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
- BUT new HDR calibration app will allow gamers to improve the color accuracy and consistency of their HDR displays.
- The Game Pass widget will allow players to browse and discover games from Game Pass and return to their recently played games.
- Controller panel contains a list of the most recent games and shortcuts to popular game launchers, including the Xbox app. The controller panel allows gamers to return to their games or even access Xbox Cloud Gaming without the need for a mouse and keyboard. This is also currently being tested in the Windows Insider Program.
We’re also excited to share how Microsoft Edge is evolving to meet the needs of gamers and help bring gaming to everyone, everywhere. Exclusive new gaming features Coming soon to the desktop version of Microsoft Edge, including some Xbox Cloud Gaming integrations:
- New personalized gaming homepage with news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, upcoming and recently released games, and the Xbox Cloud Gaming Library, including easy access to recently played games and related content.
- Built-in Clarity Boost makes gaming from the cloud clearer and crisper when played in the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.
- The new Games menu in Microsoft Edge offers easy access to popular free games like Microsoft Solitaire, Atari Asteroids, Microsoft Jewel, and the Microsoft Edge exclusive Surf, and helps gamers discover new ones.
- Efficiency Mode helps improve the performance of games on Windows 10 and 11 to keep them running fast and smoothly by automatically reducing browser resource usage when you launch a PC game.
Get more out of your Xbox Game Pass subscription
We’re excited to announce that later this year we’ll be bringing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members the ability to play from the cloud, select games they already own or have purchased outside of the Xbox Game Pass library.
We’re also revealing the first details about Project Moorcroft, a program that brings our Xbox Game Pass subscribers the joy of playing hand-picked new demos of upcoming games.
- The program will start rolling out over the next year, starting to give indie developers around the world more ways to get their games noticed.
- Participating developers will be able to see how their demos work and receive compensation, allowing them to bring their creativity to Xbox and reach new audiences with Game Pass.
More ways to express yourself with Xbox Design Lab
Xbox Design Lab empowers gamers around the world to express their individuality and unlock billions of possible combinations. Today we have expanded that audience and the range of customization options and colors.
- This includes new pastel colors – soft pink, soft orange, soft green and soft purple. As well as new Camo Top cases with matching side covers – Mineral Camo, Arctic Camo, Forest Camo, Sandglow Camo and Blaze Camo.
- The Xbox Design Lab is also launching in 11 new countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, and we’ll be adding Taiwan later this summer.
The Xbox changes and improvements we announced today are part of our mission to bring joy and community gaming to everyone on the planet. This is a big goal to take several steps towards in the coming years. Games will evolve every day, but we see empowering and connecting the people who make games with the people who play them as a permanent and rewarding endeavor.
To learn more about these amazing games for Xbox and PC, join us Sunday, June 12 at 10:00 AM PT for the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.