Microsoft's announced Xbox Game Pass Cloud Streaming is coming to TVs and standalone devices. While we don't have a launch date yet, they've made an aggressive push with Game Pass in the last few years, securing some big games over time and now, they're taking this service to new platforms.
Announced through a media presentation and Xbox Wire interview, this new plan would allow Microsoft to bring cloud gaming to internet-connected TVs, working with global manufacturers to achieve. As such, this means you wouldn't need any consoles or extra hardware to play, outside of an Xbox controller.
Xbox Game Pass Streaming Coming To TVs, Microsoft's Exploring Cheaper Subscription Tiers
As part of this, Microsoft will also develop standalone streaming devices that can be plugged into a TV or monitor, so all you'd need is a strong internet connection. Speaking to the media (thanks VGC), Xbox’s Experiences and Platforms boss Liz Hamren confirmed:
We’re already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won’t come to light for years, but even as we build for the future, we’re focused on extending the Xbox experience to more devices today so we can reach more people. And many of those devices won’t be built by us. For example, we’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into internet-connected TVs, so all you’ll need to play is a controller.
But that's not all. During this same talk, Hamren also revealed they're exploring new Game Pass tiers, directly stating they're "investigating how to introduce new subscription offerings". Microsoft's also expanding Cloud gaming through Game Pass Ultimate, which opens up to all subscribers in the next few weeks, alongside Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan later this year.
Having reached 23 million subscribers back in April, many agree that Microsoft has found a winner with this service, and it's clear they've got no intention of letting up just yet.