Samsung believes the next way to prove the power of its phones is to work with Microsoft’s Xbox. The tech giant says it is working with Microsoft to bring streaming gaming technology to its phones and tablets, starting with the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Tab S7. Announcing the new devices at Samsung Live’s Unpacked event on Wednesday, TM Roh, Samsung’s president and head of mobile communications, said the new devices were designed to work like computers and play games like game consoles.
The company will also sell special “game bundles” for its Galaxy devices, including a new gamepad and a three-month Microsoft Xbox Games Pass Subscription, which typically costs $14.99 a month and will be streamed to their phones for free via data or WiFi connections when it launches on September 15.
The new partnership marks the latest effort by Samsung to help its phones compete with Apple’s iPhone, one of Microsoft’s first high-profile collaborations with the new Xbox streaming service, formerly known as Project xCloud. Samsung has previously tried to highlight the graphics features of its devices through games, reaching an exclusive partnership with game maker Epic to bring its popular Fortnite online combat game to Samsung’s mobile devices, ahead of other Android phones.