Samsung unveiled a new lineup of smart TVs at CES 2022, including features as exotic as radio-wave powered remote controls and support for NFTs — and they’re also the first Samsung sets in a long time to let you play triple-A video games from the cloud rather than just your Xbox, PlayStation, or PC
Following an unspecific tease in October, Samsung is now confirming that “select” 2022 models will explicitly offer access to Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and the Utomik cloud gaming service as part of a new “Samsung Gaming Hub,” a user interface that Samsung intends to expand and include additional services.
Also, the Samsung Gaming Hub isn’t simply for cloud gaming. Surprisingly, Samsung claims that your HDMI-connected video gaming consoles will also be included, along with pass-through controller ports. With both PlayStation and Xbox controllers enabled at launch, you may be able to play cloud games and console games with the same controller, instead of needing to keep separate controllers or pair back and forth.
Samsung also promises “AI Gaming technology” that would provide customized game suggestions on the home screen of your TV.
It’s unclear if Samsung’s TVs would provide the finest visual and audio quality for cloud gaming just yet, since the firm declined to say whether GeForce Now or Google Stadia will support 4K streaming. “We are working with partners to provide their finest levels of service to our platform,” says Samsung gaming product director Mike Lucero in a statement to The Verge. “Details will be announced as we approach closer to launch.”
If you have an older Samsung Smart TV, it’s unclear whether you’ll be able to access any of these features.
“We are starting with our 2022 models and are working to make the Gaming Hub available to even more Samsung customers,”Mike Lucero – Samsung Gaming Product Director
However, this launch excludes Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming, often known as xCloud. In February 2020, Microsoft and Samsung announced a major collaboration in cloud gaming but still it’s excluded…