Why is this important: Samsung has taken a giant leap into the gaming market by announcing several gaming-related developments, including firmware updates that add Game Pass and GeForce Now apps to TVs you may already own. As long as you have a game streaming subscription from one of Samsung’s partners, you’ll be good to go without needing a game console or PC.
From Wednesday until the end of the year, Samsung is to push over-the-air updates to select 2021 or later smart TVs. The move is part of Samsung’s efforts to promote its new “Gaming Hub” introduced in 2022 TVs. The new firmware supports multiple video game streaming options, including Xbox Game Pass, Nvidia GeForce nowand Utomik. Two other partners, black walnut and Antstream, arrive in 2023.
“When Samsung Gaming Hub was rolled out to 2022 TV models earlier this year, the number one question we received was ‘when will game streaming be coming to my 2021 TV,'” said Mike Lucero of Samsung, product manager for games. “Today we are happy to share with our eager fans that they will be able to play the games they love before the end of this year.”
Subscribers will enjoy playing PC games from their living room sofa when GeForce Now becomes available in the coming weeks. Premium members get the added benefit of 4K gaming at up to 60fps, RTX enabled, priority server access, and eight-hour session times.
Likewise, Xbox Game Pass subscribers can start any game in their GP library on any compatible Samsung TV without moving their console. Consumers can even subscribe to Game Pass without owning an Xbox and still get the same benefits.
Other streaming apps including Utomik, Blacknut, and Antstream are built solely on the cloud gaming business model.
Antstream provides access to retro arcade classics from the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, like Mortal Kombat, R-Type, Pac-Man, Joust and Metal Slug. It boasts of having over 1,500 games for $40 per year or $7 per month. Its Samsung Gaming Hub app is expected to arrive early next year.
Similarly, Blacknut and Utomik are streaming-only platforms, but offer more current indie and triple-A games like Overcooked, Metro 2033, God of War, and Lords of the Fallen. Utomik has been around longer and has over 1,100 games in its library compared to Blacknut’s 500+. Utomik is available now from $7 per month, while Blacknut’s app arrives next year with monthly subscriptions of $16.
Samsung also announced holiday game bundles on select TVs. Starting today and running through December 31, customers can get a free Xbox controller and three months of Game Pass Ultimate included with the purchase of select Samsung TVs. Qualifying purchases include the following models:
- Q60B (three months of Game Pass only)
- Q80B (three months of Game Pass only)
“With any Bluetooth-enabled game controller and an internet connection, millions of gamers will be able to access a vast library of games ranging from the best AAAs to the hottest indie and retro games directly through partner apps on select 2021 smart TVs. , which makes Samsung devices a preferred destination for game streaming,” Lucero said.
We are still not completely sold on cloud gaming. It still needs a little more percolation time, because the closing Stadia broadcasts. However, for early adopters who already have subscriptions to one of these services, the ability to instantly catch and play from their TV should be a decent incentive to consider Samsung if they’re already in the market for one. new TV.