Microsoft announced that it is working with TV manufacturers to allow the Xbox app to work on TVs on its own, without the need for a console. Using its xCloud technology, Microsoft is bringing the Xbox Game Pass service to gamers who don’t have a PC or console nearby or don’t even own.
Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers around the world to allow Internet-connected TVs to stream games from the Xbox app. Smart TVs will only require a controller or a gamepad to play the 100+ games that can be found on Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft also announced that it is currently working on an Xbox app plug-in, like a streaming stick, for TVs that don’t have Smart TV infrastructure. That means players won’t have to upgrade their TVs or own a console to access Xbox games.
Little is known about when Microsoft will roll out its Xbox app to smart TVs or when it will release plug-ins for older TVs. Xbox director Phil Spencer has hinted at both of these new means of Xbox gaming in 2020, and we’re only seeing confirmation now. There is currently no release window or set price.
Xbox has stated that their E3 presentation will mainly focus on upcoming games so it is unlikely that we will hear new information about Xbox TV integration. While this is a whole new avenue for Xbox and your living room gaming in general, Xbox remains committed to creating future consoles.