Microsoft to bring Xbox gaming directly into web-connected TVs
Microsoft has announced it is working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Xbox experience directly into internet-connected televisions with no extra hardware required except a controller.
The tech giant will bring its Xbox Game Pass service to TVs through its xCloud streaming technology.
"Xbox is exploring new subscription offerings for Xbox Game Pass so more players around the world can experience the most immersive and fun games across devices, geographies, and financial realities," Microsoft said on Thursday.
The company is organising first-ever Xbox and Bethesda Showcase on June 13, when it will unveil best and biggest games lineup ever.
"WhenÂ youÂ talk about Xbox's mission to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet,Â which IÂ absolutelyÂ love,Â that is precisely aligned withÂ Microsoft'sÂ mission,Â which is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Xbox is building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming to reach gamers on any TV or monitor without the need for a console at all.
Cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will launch in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan later this year, the company announced.
"We believe that games, that interactive entertainment, aren't really about hardware and software. It's not about pixels. It's about people. Games bring people together," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.
Xbox is also working with telecommunications providers on new purchasing models like Xbox All Access, which allows consumers to buy both a console and Game Pass for a low monthly price, rather than spending money up front.
In the next few weeks, cloud gaming on the browser will open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With Edge, Chrome, and Safari support, players will be a click away from gaming on almost any device.
"We're in the final stages of updating our Microsoft data centres around the world with our latest generation of hardware, the Xbox Series X. This means gamers will see faster load times, improved frame rates, and experience Xbox Series X|S optimised games," Microsoft announced.
Later this year, Microsoft will add cloud gaming directly into the Xbox app on PC and integrate it into our console experience to light up scenarios like try before you download.
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