Microsoft expands Samsung partnership, bringing Xbox Game Pass to Samsung Galaxy store

By Heidi Nicholas,
Microsoft and Samsung have today announced the "latest innovations" in their partnership. One such innovation is that from September 15th, players will be able to access Xbox Game Pass from the Samsung Galaxy Store. Samsung will also offer a Gaming Bundle with Game Pass and the Galaxy Note20.

Samsung Xbox Game Pass

Phil Spencer popped up during the Galaxy Unpacked August 2020: Livestream to share the news, with Microsoft detailing the newly "expanded partnership" on the latest Microsoft Blog.

Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi says, "Today, we also announced Xbox is partnering with Samsung to make gaming more accessible to players around the world, via the cloud. With cloud gaming (beta) as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service, members can play Xbox games on their Xbox console, PC and Android devices using an Xbox controller. Mobile players can play over 100 high-quality Xbox games directly on their Galaxy phone or tablet."


From September 15th, "you’ll be able to experience the best of Xbox Game Pass by downloading the app from the Samsung Galaxy Store, giving you the freedom to access expansion packs, downloadable content and more. Whether it’s racing through the beautiful English countryside in Forza Horizon 4 on a new Galaxy Note20 during a lunch break, or fighting alongside your pet llama in Minecraft Dungeons on a Tab S7 at home once the workday ends, Galaxy devices provide the best way to pick up and play games directly from the cloud."

There will also be a Gaming Bundle available for those who pre-order the Galaxy Note20, which will include three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. "Additionally, Samsung is including the all-new Power A MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller with an attachable phone clip with the Gaming Bundle to ensure those Galaxy Note20 customers enjoy a great cloud gaming experience."

Just yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Project xCloud will launch this September in 22 countries for Android devices.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!