Xbox App coming to 2022 Samsung Smart TVs – Forza Horizon 5 without a console?

Justin Melillo
Xbox App coming to 2022 Samsung Smart TVs - Forza Horizon 5 without a console?

On Thursday (9th June 2022) Microsoft announced that an Xbox application for the 2022 lineup of Samsung Smart TVs will be releasing on 30th June. With this specialized TV app, Xbox members can login, connect a controller and play cloud-enabled games without the need of an Xbox console.

Of course, this will require a Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access the library of games. One notably featured racing game in the article happens to be Forza Horizon 5. The most recent racing title from Playground Games is part of the cloud-enabled titles, along with Forza Horizon 4 and other racing titles like DIRT 5, F1 2021, Need For Speed Heat, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2, art of rally and SnowRunner.

Now, who knows what type of performance this will actually be, as I know when I load up Forza Horizon 5 on my laptop, the thing sounds like its ready to take off like a jet plane. The better of the Samsung Smart TVs that you have, the more likely it will truly be a seamless experience. However, I’m withholding judgement on it despite knowing how difficult the HBO Max app can be on my Samsung Smart TV.

From the announcement post – There’s Forza Horizon 5 on the left!

From the announcement post and the wire post, here are some of the points, the stipulations to getting going on the app when it releases later this month:

  • Playing Xbox games on Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs will be a seamless experience – it will be similar to using any other streaming app on your TV.
  • Access the Xbox app from the Samsung Gaming Hub and log into your existing Microsoft account. If you’re a Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have access to hundreds of cloud-enabled games or you can check out Fortnite without a membership.
  • If you are new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, join or upgrade today for just $1, or you can sign up directly in the app.
  • Connect your favorite Bluetooth-enabled controller like the Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Elite Series 2 Controller, or the DualSense controller. Start playing over 100 high quality games.
Your guide to Forza Horizon 5’s Series 6 Summer Festival Playlist
Imagine all the beautiful scenes of Forza Horizon 5 but coming directly from what’s built into the Smart TV.

A few things to point out – Only 2022 TVs are specified, so if you’re like me with a model from 2021, we’re probably out of luck as this app is made with the 2022 technologies in mind. You do have to have the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which is just a single dollar for now, but it changes to $9.99 per month after that.

But all in all, if you meet the requirements and don’t have the desire to either purchase a console or move the console into the room with the Samsung Smart TV, this could be a pretty big win if done correctly. What do you think about possibly racing on a big screen Smart TV through cloud services and without a console or PC? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Images thanks to Microsoft

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