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Xbox Game Pass Is Coming To Smart TVs, No Console Needed

Xbox Game Pass Is Coming To Smart TVs, No Console Needed

Thinking outside the Xbox.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to make Xbox Game Pass as accessible as possible. Over the next year or so, the company will be bringing the subscription service to more screens than ever before, giving gamers the chance to access a huge library of games without the need for a console.

Xbox Game Pass first launched on Xbox One, before making its way to PC and Xbox Series X/S. Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it's long-term goal is to make its games readily available for as many people as possible, and that's been clear in every move its made over the last several months.

Take a look at our interview with Xbox head honcho Aaron Greenberg below!

Microsoft launched a cloud-based version Game Pass last year that turned mobile devices into portable gaming machines, a huge move that suddenly meant games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 4 could be played on the go, assuming you had a good enough internet connection.

I've had a ton of fun playing Xbox games old and new on my Android device, but there's getting around the fact that the vast majority of games available via Xbox Game Pass simply weren't designed to be played on mobile screens. It's a heck of a novelty, to be sure, but I'm craving something bigger. The good news? Microsoft has announced it plans to bring Xbox Game Pass to Smart TVs! This means that as long as you have an internet-connected TV and a subscription, you'll be able to play all the latest Xbox exclusives, plus all the new Bethesda games as and when they drop. Not too shabby at all.

This news comes as part of Microsoft's pre-E3 virtual media briefing, in which the company touched on its plans for Game Pass going forward. "Xbox is working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Xbox experience directly into internet-connected televisions with no extra hardware required except a controller," the company wrote in a press release.

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Microsoft also confirmed that it's working with telecommunications providers on new purchasing models like Xbox All Access, which will allow customers to buy both a console and Game Pass for a low monthly price, rather than spending money up front. In the next few weeks, cloud gaming on browser will also be opened up too all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, with Edge, Chrome, and Safari support enabled.

Basically, if Microsoft keeps going like this, there won't be a single screen out there that can't run an Xbox game. We love to see it.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Xbox, GAMING, News, Microsoft