Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers to make the Xbox app available across devices soon.
And when Microsoft launched the Xbox in 2001, it was the only place you could play games on the console.
Now you can still buy the company’s latest hardware, but you can also play on PC.
And if you pay Microsoft $15 a month for an Xbox Games Pass Ultimate subscription, you can play on a tablet or phone, too.
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In the future, the company thinks you’ll want to play across more devices like a TV or a small streaming stick that you can plug into your TV.
The software giant plans to bring its Xbox Game Pass service to TVs through xCloud streaming technology, opening up more ways to access Xbox games.
This will be available as an app across TVs and with Microsoft’s custom streaming piece.
“We’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Xbox Game Pass experience directly into Internet-connected TVs, so all you need to play is a joystick,” the company said.
Microsoft has not announced exactly when this Xbox app will be available on TVs, nor which manufacturers will make it available on their devices.
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Microsoft’s plans for Xbox:
Xbox chief Phil Spencer previously hinted at the Xbox app for TVs late last year. He said he expects to see this in the next 12 months.
Spencer also spoke about last year’s Xbox streaming piece. And it’s something the company says is coming soon.
We are also developing standalone streaming devices that you can connect to a TV or monitor, the company said. So if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience.
And like TV apps plans. Microsoft does not provide any details on the release date or pricing of its Xbox streaming devices.
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Microsoft revealed these details at a special press conference before the event E3 later this week.
The software giant is focusing on gaming at E3 on Sunday, June 13th. It is therefore unlikely that we will have any further details until the devices are ready to ship.
This Xbox Game Pass expansion for TVs is part of a broader effort by Microsoft to make its subscription service available beyond phones and Xbox.
Microsoft is also announcing upgrades to its xCloud server code. Plus the ability to access and use xCloud across Xbox platforms later this year.
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