Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can play the collection on an Xbox One, Xbox Series S or X, or stream it to Android phones. That capability is coming to iOS soon and possibly non-gaming Windows PCs too. What’s next? According to a recent interview, a smart TV app, so you can ditch the console altogether.
That news comes from Phil Spencer, head of gaming at Microsoft. He told The Verge that he expected to see a smart TV app for Game Pass Streaming “within the next 1
A smart TV app, or possibly a separately sold dongle a la the Chromecast, makes sense for the Xbox team. With Game Pass, Microsoft follows an omnibus strategy and sells games as a service to players, regardless of what hardware they have. The idea of simply pairing a controller with the TV you already own, and then instantly accessing the latest games from Microsoft’s publishing house, is certainly appealing.
Game Pass and other fully streamed game platforms such as Stadia, GeForce NOW and Luna do not solve the “last mile” problem: players still need a robust data connection, preferably capless, to enjoy it. But with this push to the cloud, it’s not hard to imagine a future where gaming hardware is largely invisible. Considering how gigantic the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are, it can be a relief for overloaded entertainment centers and those with sciatica everywhere.
Source: The Verge