Xbox is building the gaming platform for the next 20 years
This Sunday at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, we’ll be giving our fans a deeper look at an incredible lineup of games coming to Xbox, PC, and cloud. As we prepare to pull back the curtain on the upcoming games, we also wanted to share some updates on how you’ll be able to play them. We see this as an update on the progress of our mission: to bring the joy and community of gaming to the 3 billion gamers on the planet.
With Xbox’s 20th anniversary recently behind us, it’s also important to let you know what to expect from Team Xbox, including our devices and services, as we build a platform for the next 20 years of game. Today we’d like to share what we’re going to do next to continue making Xbox the best value in gaming so gamers can enjoy the best games, across all genres and across console, PC and cloud. , including new Xbox Game Studios titles with Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch.
- Bringing the Xbox app to 2022 Samsung smart TVs
- Extending Xbox Cloud Gaming to additional countries
- Bringing new gaming experiences to Microsoft Edge and Windows 11
- Rolling out updates for Xbox Game Pass members
- Introducing more options for expressing yourself with Xbox Design Lab
As Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer sees it, “We’re building a platform that can reach billions of gamers, whether it’s on console, whether it’s PC, whether it’s via Xbox cloud streaming – where players on any device they want to play on should be able to find the content they want to play.
Bringing the Xbox app to 2022 Samsung smart TVs
Today we announced our partnership with Samsung to bring the Xbox app to 2022 smart TVs so you can play hundreds of cloud-enabled games console-free.
- That means hundreds of games in our Game Pass Ultimate and Fortnite library without a subscription.
- Playing Xbox games on Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs will be a seamless experience – it’ll be similar to using any other streaming app on your TV.
- It’s simple, from June 30, go to the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub or Media Hub and sign in to your existing Microsoft account, connect your favorite Bluetooth controller.
- If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll get access to a lot of awesome cloud-enabled games, or you can jump into Fortnite without subscription.
Continue the expansion of Xbox Cloud Gaming
To keep up with demand and make the game accessible to even more people, Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) is opening today to players in Argentina and New Zealand.
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in Argentina and New Zealand can play hundreds of games from the cloud on Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows PCs, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and soon on Smart TVs with our launch partner Samsung.
- Like players from other countries, Argentinian and New Zealand players can play Fortnite with Xbox Cloud Gaming for free and with no subscription required.
Microsoft brings new gaming experiences to Microsoft Edge and Windows 11
We continue to collaborate across Microsoft to deliver great gaming experiences. This work continues with new Windows 11 updates to deliver an even better gaming experience:
- Optimizations for windowed games are currently being tested in the Windows Insider Program. These are designed to dramatically improve latency and unlock other exciting gaming features including Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
- A 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 Game Pass games and return to recently played titles.
- The control bar contains a list of the most recent games and shortcuts to popular game launchers, including the Xbox app. The Control Bar allows gamers to jump back into 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 make gaming accessible to everyone, everywhere. New exclusive gaming features coming soon to the desktop version of Microsoft Edge, including select Xbox Cloud Gaming integrations:
- A new personalized gaming homepage with news, game guides, live streams, game highlights, tournaments, upcoming and newly released games, and the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, including a easy access to recently played games and related content.
- The built-in Clarity Boost makes cloud gameplay crisper and clearer when playing in the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.
- Microsoft Edge’s new Games menu provides easy access to popular free games such as Microsoft Solitaire, Atari Asteroids, Microsoft Jewel, and Microsoft Edge’s exclusive Surf game, and helps players discover new ones.
- Efficiency mode helps improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to keep it fast and smooth by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched.
Get the most out of your Xbox Game Pass membership
We’re excited to share that later this year, our plan is to roll out the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play select games they already own or have purchased from outside of the cloud. the Xbox Game Pass library.
We’re also revealing the first details of Project Moorcroft, a program that brings the fun and discovery of playing curated new demos of upcoming games to our Xbox Game Pass members.
- The program will begin rolling out over the next year, starting with giving indie developers around the world more opportunities to build excitement for their games.
- Participating developers will be able to see how their demos perform and get paid, allowing them to bring their creativity to Xbox and reach new audiences with Game Pass.
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