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Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming coming directly to TVs

All you need is a controller.

Microsoft has announced that Xbox Game Pass will be streamed directly to your TV in the future through Cloud Gaming. While it reiterated that consoles remain the “flagship experience”, all that will be required to play Game Pass content on a compatible TV is a controller, without the need for additional hardware.

Microsoft is working with manufacturers to embed an Xbox Game Pass app directly into TVs. That is likely to include a selection of fairly recent models, so Xbox will also release its own streaming devices that connect to a wider range of TVs and monitors. It sounds similar to a Chromecast with Google TV, as a dongle that smartens-up your screen.

“We need to expand our audience beyond console, to new demographics and geographies we haven’t reached before, and provide meaningful value for that audience to choose to spend their money with us,” said CFO of Xbox Tim Stuart.

While Xbox confirmed Cloud Gaming will come to the Xbox PC app and web browsers this year, it didn’t put a timeframe on when it would be integrated directly into TVs or when the streaming devices would be released.

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Ben has been writing about games in a professional capacity since 2008. He even did it full-time for a while, but his mum never really understood what that meant. He's been part of the Stevivor team since 2016. You will find his work across all sections of the site (if you look hard enough). Gamertag / PSN ID: Gryllis.