Certain Samsung TV owners will soon be able to stream games without the need for an extra dongle or USB device. At this year’s CES, Samsung finally put a name to its game streaming service, which is set to launch later this year. Titled Samsung Gaming Hub, users will be able to stream games from a variety of services straight to their TV.
Currently, Samsung Gaming Hub is planned to give users access to the game libraries available on Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik, though other streaming platform partnerships are planned. “We developed the Samsung Gaming Hub with our incredible content partners to benefit all gamers, and we plan to continue our collaboration to grow the ecosystem,” said Samsung Electronics’ corporate president Won-Jin Lee.
While it’s not clear how users can expect their games to perform, Samsung claims that any titles streamed through the Samsung Gaming Hub will have “console-like performance.” Players will also seemingly be able to use any controller they want, although they’ll need to have the right TV to actually use the service. Samsung Gaming Hub is only coming to a select group of 2022 Samsung smart TV models.
Although the game streaming service market is getting saturated, this isn’t Samsung’s first attempt at it. In 2015, the electronics giant partnered with Sony to bring PlayStation Now to its smart TVs. PlayStation Now isn’t going to be around for much longer though, as the service is reportedly going to be folded into PlayStation Plus as part of Sony’s plan to launch a game streaming service to compete with Xbox Game Pass.