Xbox Announces Cloud Gaming Partnership with Samsung

In their latest push to bring players to their ecosystem, Microsoft has announced that they're partnering up with Samsung to bring xCloud to their phones and tablets.

August 5, 2020

Microsoft and Xbox have been pushing hard to bring in new players to their ecosystem recently. From bringing Game Pass to the cloud with xCloud in September to supporting their competitors’ controllers on xCloud, it would be an understatement to say that Microsoft’s gaming division is making moves. And now, in their latest push, Microsoft has announced that they’re partnering up with Samsung to bring xCloud to their phones and tablets.

Revealed in a Windows Blog Post from Microsoft Corporate VP, Yusuf Mehdi, the partnership announcement follows Microsoft’s reveal that they would be bringing xCloud to Android devices. Considering Samsung is one of the world’s leaders in smartphone hardware and tech, especially in the Android space, this partnership was all but inevitable. The Cloud announcement was part of a larger suite of announcements for the Windows and Galaxy ecosystems, including various systems that allow direct wireless connection between Galaxy and Windows 10 devices.

According to the blog post, mobile players will have access to over 100 Xbox games on their Samsung devices via xCloud starting on September 15. Samsung released a brief teaser on Twitter to commemorate their partnership with Microsoft and Xbox that touts all of the features that players have access to, showing a litany of games that Samsung users might discover on xCloud.

While Microsoft has confirmed that its streaming service would make an appearance on Android devices, it will be interesting to see how xCloud works with other Android devices from Microsoft’s competitors in the streaming space, namely Google. While Stadia isn’t terribly popular among the gaming audience, from its very first mention, Google has pushed and maintained that their Pixel line of smartphones would support Stadia, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the two behemoth tech companies figure out the boundaries as streaming becomes more competitive.

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