Samsung’s unveils a new lineup of smart TVs at CES 2022 today, including features as exotic as radio-wave powered remote controls and support for NFTs. They happen to be the first sets in a while to let you play triple-A video games from the cloud instead of just your Xbox, PlayStation, or PC. Samsung’s confirms that 2022 models will explicitly offer access to Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and the Utomik cloud gaming service as part of a new Gaming Hub,” a user interface which intends to expand to additional benefits as well.
The Samsung’s Gaming Hub isn’t just for cloud gaming. The company says that your HDMI-connected video game consoles will be part of it as well — complete with passthrough controller inputs. That means you might be able to play cloud games and console games with the same controller, instead of having to maintain separate controllers or pair back and forth, with both PlayStation and Xbox controllers supported at launch. It’s also promising “AI Gaming technology” that will create curated game recommendations on your TV’s home screen, which… okay, sure.
Samsung’s embraced cloud gaming again after a bit of a lapse. At the same time, LG and both competed for the rights to stream games from Gaikai and OnLive back in 2012. Some TVs offered Sony’s PlayStation Now between 2015 and 2017, and it’s only this winter that LG and are back in the game with Nvidia and Google’s services.
There is no clear information on whether Samsung’s TVs will offer the best picture and audio quality for cloud gaming. The company could not say whether either GeForce Now or Google Stadia would offer 4K streaming. Mike Lucero, product director, said that they are working with partners to bring their best service levels to our platform. They will be announcing details as we get closer to launch.”