The candles on Xbox’s 20th birthday cake have only just stopped smoking, but it would appear as though the Washington gaming giant is already lighting a fire under themselves for the next two decades.
The first news is a partnership between Xbox and Samsung that will bring the Xbox app directly to Samsung’s 2022 lineup of Smart TVs.
Next up with the Xbox app, it will now feature the Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in Argentina and New Zealand. The service will feature Xbox’s extensive library of Game Pass games playable from the cloud on applicable Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows PCs, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and soon on Samsung Smart TVs as part of the news above.
As part of the deal, Fortnite is available for streaming over Xbox Cloud Gaming (beta) without the need for a subscription.
If you are a primarily PC gamer like myself, Microsoft is looking to make Windows 11 and Edge tools for top-level competition.
There are a couple of changes to Microsoft’s HDR settings offered as part of Windows 11.
Windows games will offer auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) in order to save you time calibrating settings and instead provide you with improved latency, colour, lighting and visual fidelity right from the first time you launch a game.
There’s nothing worse than spending time fiddling with HDR settings either in-game or in Windows setting only to find out they make a game look worse than before. That’s why Microsoft is going to be releasing a dedicated HDR calibration app that will run three tests on your display to perfectly calibrate your HDR.
A new Game Pass Widget is coming that will allow gamers to browse titles available through the service and jump straight back into previously played titles without needing to open any programs.
Finally, the Xbox Gaming Bar is being supplemented by the Xbox Controller Bar. The new bar is triggered by pressing the Xbox button on an Xbox controller and features a refined UI. Players will now be able to navigate recently played games and available game launchers in games or outside of them and without touching their mouse and keyboard.