We tested Xbox Cloud Gaming on Samsung TV: it’s amazing

Playing the latest fashionable video games without a game console or dedicated PC is really possible now. We tested the Samsung Gaming Hub, which makes it easy to play cloud gaming using a simple controller.

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Samsung TVs and Monitors received a software update on July 1 that added access to the Samsung Gaming Hub, a new environment dedicated to video games. If it is currently reserved for Samsung’s latest products, those released in 2022, there was still a good surprise as it is also offered on the brand’s Smart Monitors. We tested one in 2021, it is a series of screens for PCs that integrate a remote control, speakers and an autonomous TV interface that provides access to the most popular services.

Curious after discovering the Samsung Gaming Hub, we received the Smart Monitor M8 2022 from Samsung. While waiting for a full screen test, we wanted to try the Xbox Cloud Gaming service.

A fairly simple initialization

Accessing the Samsung Gaming Hub is pretty easy once the update is installed. The item is offered directly in the on-screen menu next to “desk“and”mediafor work and video services, respectively.

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As promised, this hub brings together Xbox Cloud Gaming, but also Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. You can also access Spotify to discover the best video game music, or YouTube with a selection of the latest video game related content. The interface is quite easy to learn, although it’s hard to understand the large part reserved for advertising for “Samsung GamingHubwhere we are already.

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The connection to the Xbox Cloud Gaming service is via a Microsoft account. It is possible to play Fortnite directly without a subscription, but it is still best to subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to access the Microsoft catalog. First good point: no need to enter your connection address and password, just go to the URL entered on the screen from a smartphone or computer and enter the displayed PIN code. A hassle-free approval as we like to watch them on TV.

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It is then necessary to connect a joystick to the TV or monitor in Bluetooth. Microsoft offers to use a good selection of controllers, of course Xbox, but also PlayStation DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers, or even Amazon Luna.

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The connection to the controller is made through the Samsung interface, which is triggered by the Xbox Cloud Gaming application. The user is not lost and we accompany him in every step of this initial configuration.

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Well, the service is now ready. Like on Netflix, just select the game you want to play so it starts in a few seconds.

A great experience: the future is here

We spent a good half hour testing several games on the service and we came from there impressed with the experience in more ways than one. First of all, our previous test of Microsoft’s service had left us with a more mixed opinion. Unlike GeForce Now or Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming suffered a technological lag in screen quality and latency. Both of these issues have finally been resolved.

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To understand, we need to explain the context of the test. We are talking here about accessing a video game as impressive as the Forza Horizon 5, from a simple screen, without a game console or PC. We only had the Samsung monitor connected via Wi-Fi and an Xbox One controller via Bluetooth. It should also be noted that the quality of the Wi-Fi connection used often leaves something to be desired, even though the internet connection is an optical fiber with very high speed. We were actually playing on a technology company’s Wi-Fi in an open space in the center of Paris. In other words, the wireless network is particularly saturated.

Under these fairly average conditions, we had no problems during our tests with the game Hollow Knight or with Forza Horizon 5. In either case, the most attentive will still notice some compression artifacts, but nothing major. Here, Microsoft’s service may pay for its 1080p video stream when Google Stadia and GeForce Now can go up to 4K. Anyway, the fluidity is there and the latency is excellent enough to be imperceptible.

The only downside we noticed during our experience occurred when we changed the application on the screen and then returned to Xbox Cloud Gaming. Good point, the game was still going on and we were able to resume. Bad point, in this case, the gaming experience was interrupted by many connection issues. Nothing too serious, it’s probably best not to mess with TV multitasking during game sessions.

Still, the gaming experience seemed great to us. The idea of ​​being able to play on a simple TV just by plugging in a wireless controller is incredibly exciting. It is a net saving of 500 euros, the price of a next generation console, for the interested casual gamer. It is clear that not all games are offered on cloud gaming services and they require a subscription. But this turnkey solution without PC or console is great.

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