At Samsung Unpacked, Samsung announced the new Galaxy S20 lineup and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones. While announcing the new phones Samsung also broadened the partnership that they already have with Microsoft at the same time. Samsung and Microsoft are going to be teaming up on xCloud, a cloud-based game streaming service. It’s likely this will involve xCloud appearing on Samsung devices in the future.
“This is just the beginning of our gaming partnership with Xbox,” explained David S. Park, head of Samsung’s US marketing,“Both Samsung and Xbox share a vision for bringing great gaming experiences to mobile players around the world. With our 5G-enabled portfolios and Microsoft’s rich history in gaming, we are working closely together to create a premium cloud-based game streaming experience. You’ll hear more about it later this year.”
Forza Street was also unveiled to be coming to Samsung Galaxy devices. It is a mobile game that is coming to Google Play, Galaxy Store, and soon to iOS.
Microsoft confirmed the partnership in a statement to The Verge, but it seems that both companies have offered very little details on exactly what this will mean for the future for the two companies.
“Having partners join us on our journey to delivering high-quality game streaming to players is of the utmost importance,” says Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s Project xCloud chief, in a statement to The Verge. “We’ve seen positive feedback from Project xCloud preview participants testing a range of Galaxy devices, and it will only get better as we continue to work closely with Samsung on refining the experience. It’s an exciting time to be working on Project xCloud, and we can’t wait to share more about our work with Samsung later this year.”
Microsoft is working on getting xCloud to launch later in 2020. The service is currently in beta at this time. Microsoft is working on widening the selection of games and expending the service pass the US, UK, and Korea.
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