SAMSUNG’S new Note 20 smartphone comes with Xbox games as part of its bid to topple Apple’s iPhone.
Gamers can plug an Xbox One controller into the £850 device and tuck in to more than 100 Xbox games on the cloud with Xbox Games Pass.
You can plug an Xbox controller into the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to play more than 100 Xbox games[/caption]
It comes after Microsoft revealed that phone fanatics will be able to stream Xbox games to their smartphone next month with the launch of xCloud.
Microsoft is bringing an early version of the cloud gaming service to Android in 22 countries on September 15.
The high-tech software streams games to your mobile over the internet – a bit like Netflix for video games – instead of storing them on your device.
Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra will be among the first phones to use the service.
Games like Gears 5 are available on Xbox Games Pass, coming to all Samsung devices in September[/caption]
The technology lets you play Xbox One games anytime, anywhere[/caption]
Following the mobiles’ unveiling event on Wednesday, Samsung said the Note 20 series took virtual play “to the next level”.
“Fully immerse yourself in the most powerful mobile gaming experience Samsung has ever engineered into a smartphone,” Samsung said.
The services allows players to “game like a pro from your couch, backyard, or around the house,” the firm added.
For the Note 20 Series, Samsung partnered with Xbox Games Pass, Microsoft’s games subscription service.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra during an online event on Wednesday[/caption]
Project xCloud lets gamers tuck into more than 100 Xbox games on their smartphone by streaming titles over the internet, a bit like Netflix[/caption]
Video game streaming – how does it work?
We explain it all…
- When you watch a movie, the images you see are already prepared
- That’s why very unsophisticated computers inside your TV, DVD player, or computer can playback film footage
- But video games render the visuals in real-time, because a game never knows what you’ll do next
- That means you need much more computing heft to produce game visuals, compared to a standard movie
- So if you want amazing 4K PC-style graphics, you’ll need to fork out for an expensive computer
- Alternatively, you could use game streaming technology
- The idea is that a company like Google, Microsoft or Sony would handle the generation of the visuals on powerful computers at its own HQ
- Then it would send what’s effectively a video of that game to your smartphone
- You tap and play, and those commands get sent back to Microsoft or Sony, which then inputs them into the game, and sends you the visuals again
- Because modern internet connections are so fast, this all happens in milliseconds
- The resulting effect is 4K PC-style graphics on a smartphone – which is only possible because it’s not the phone itself rendering the graphics
- It also means that you could potentially be playing an Xbox or PlayStation game on your console, and then leave the house and carry on playing using your iPhone
- This sort of technology could eventually kill off gaming consoles for good, because all you’d need is a TV with game-streaming tech built in, and a controller to play with
- But game streaming is still trying to get off the ground
- Sony bought a game-streaming called OnLive, but shut it down in 2015
- Google launched the relatively successful Stadia last year
- And Microsoft is currently preparing to launch its xCloud streaming service
Described as “Netflix for video games”, Game Pass grants users access to a catalogue of ore than 100 games for a single monthly subscription price.
The service is currently available on Xbox One and Windows 10, though that’s expanding to mobile with the launch of xCloud in September.
Titles available on Games Pass include Minecraft Dungeons, Forza Horizon 4 and Gears of War 5. New titles are regularly added to the catalogue.
While the Note 20 Series won’t be the only phones that can access xCloud, their huge screens and 5G connectivity provide “a pro-gaming set-up that fits in your pocket”, Samsung said.
The note 20 series sports a retro squared-off design[/caption]
Games Pass and xCloud will not be launching on iPhone, though it’s possible they’ll come to Apple mobiles in future.
Luckily for Games Pass subscribers, xCloud won’t cost any extra.
That means the whole service only costs $14.99 a month or £10.99 in the UK.
A number of Bluetooth controllers can connect to your Android phone to play, including a standard Xbox One controller.
Samsung revealed two new phones at its August 5 Unpacked event, which was streamed live to fans across the globe.
They’re the enormous 6.7” Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the even-bigger 6.9″ Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The phones cost an arm-and-a-leg but come with a plethora of top-end features, including beefy cameras and 5G connectivity.
Samsung described them as “the most powerful Note phones yet”.
Samsung – a brief history
Here’s what you need to know…
- Samsung is a major South Korean company made up of many businesses that operate globally
- It’s known locally as a “chaebol”, which means “business conglomerate”
- It was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company
- But over several decades, it branched out into food processing, insurance, textiles and retail
- It wasn’t until the late 1960s when Samsung entered the electronics industry – for which it’s best known in the west today
- It also launched businesses in construction and shipbuilding in the 1970s
- Today, Samsung’s most important sources of income are its smartphones and computer chips
- The firm accounts for around a fifth of South Korea’s total exports, and roughly 17% of the country’s GDP
- More than 320,000 staff are employed by Samsung globally
- And in 2017, Samsung turned over the equivalent of £174billion today in revenue
Pre-orders for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra opened today and the mobiles will ship on August 21.
For the basic Note 20, you’re looking at coughing up at least £849, while the Ultra starts at a knee-wobbling £1,179.
The mobiles are available from Samsung’s website and Amazon, as well as most major UK and US mobile networks.
You can bag yourself an Xbox Games Pass subscription by heading to the official Xbox website.In other news, Netflix has added new controls that let Android users speed up or slow down the pace of their favourite shows.