By Will Feuer

 

Microsoft Corp. said it will roll out an app on Samsung smart TVs that will give users access to the company's subscription gaming service, Xbox Game Pass, even if they don't own the Xbox console.

The app will be available June 30 in 27 countries on Samsung's 2022 smart TVs, Microsoft said. Microsoft said using the app will be just like using any other streaming service on a smart TV.

"We're on a quest to bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet, and bringing the Xbox app to smart TVs is another step in making our vision a reality," Microsoft Gaming Chief Executive Phil Spencer said.

It is a major step for Microsoft, which saw its gaming hardware business boom during the pandemic. The shift toward cloud-based gaming comes as Microsoft tries to close its roughly $75 billion deal to buy game studio heavyweight Activision Blizzard Inc.

 

Write to Will Feuer at Will.Feuer@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 09, 2022 08:43 ET (12:43 GMT)

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