After the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20 smartphone, the firm has announced a unique partnership with Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft’s tech company has joined hands with Samsung to include a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app in the Galaxy Store on Samsung.
Note 20 is the first console to take advantage of this closer integration with the Xbox Game Pass, and it is fair to believe that the plans of Microsoft to introduce xCloud to TVs are likely to include Samsung in the future at some point.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s executive vice president of games, took the stage to address Project xCloud, the game-streaming platform soon to join the Premium subscription to the Xbox Game Pass.
Current Xbox One and PC benefits extend to phones, with more than 100 selected Xbox games expected to be released, streamed to mobile devices using the cloud.
In addition to this Xbox Game Pass package, Samsung is also selling a Galaxy Note 20 gaming bundle that includes three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and the MOGA XP5-X Plus for PowerA. The controller is made with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ‘s game streaming (xCloud) portion in mind, so it the keep your phone charged while you’re playing.
The secondary app would be different from the current version of the Google Play Store, with players being able to buy micro-transactions and other on-device DLCs.
The switch sees new incentives to purchase outside of the platform, seemingly avoiding the required share of sales from Google’s own marketplace.
The new Xbox Game Pass agreement between Microsoft and Samsung builds on the rising deal the two companies first announced last year.
Last year, Microsoft and Samsung collaborated with the Galaxy Note 10 to connect Android and Windows together, and announced a collaboration with xCloud earlier this year.