Samsung is bringing cloud gaming to its 2022 TVs


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Samsung will introduce new TVs at CES 2022, and some will let you play games from the cloud, no console required, with platforms you may have heard of before: Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now.

Samsung says “select” 2022 TV models will give you access to GeForce Now, Stadia and Utomik cloud gaming services within a new Samsung Gaming Hub. You can think of this interface as a Netflix for games where you can quickly access the last played titles or discover new ones. You can buy games directly from the hub, which collects game recommendations so you can expand your library.

As part of integrating its TVs into your gaming setup, Samsung’s Gaming Hub supports pairing a variety of controllers, including those for PS5 or Xbox Series X, although it’s unclear whether you’ll be able to use these to play cloud games. The hub also integrates YouTube Gaming.

A subscription is of course required for these cloud services. Nvidia’s GeForce Now has a free tier, but the best experience costs $10 a month for the Priority Tier or $100 every six months for the new RTX 3080 tier, which allows 1440p gaming at 120 Hz (we’ve reached out to to confirm whether Samsung’s TVs benefit from these specifications). Google Stadia, on the other hand, costs $10 a month after a one-month free trial, while the lesser-known Utomik is $7 a month for individuals or $10 for families.

“We know that gaming is becoming increasingly popular with our customers and we have bridged the gap between our leadership in smart TV and advanced gaming software to create an easier way for people to enjoy the games they love faster. says Won-Jin Lee. , the company president of Samsung Electronics. “We developed the Samsung Gaming Hub with our incredible content partners to benefit all gamers, and we plan to continue our partnership to grow the ecosystem.”

These aren’t the first Samsung TVs with the ability to stream games over the cloud. In 2015, the company released a handful of sets that supported PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming service. It was quiet for a while, but it was only a matter of time before some of the newer cloud gaming platforms that have appeared in recent years made their way onto modern TVs.

GeForce Now, Stadia and Utomik will be available in the new gaming hub, but not pre-installed on TVs. Interestingly, PlayStation Now and the hugely popular Xbox Game Pass are not included at launch.

Samsung Gaming Hub is due out later this year and can be accessed on the new 2022 Smart Hub via the main navigation menu.


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