We’ve gone ahead with the new Samsung Gaming Hub – here’s what we think


We all know that game streaming is here to stay and perhaps offers a glimpse into the future of gaming. Samsung and Xbox are embracing this with the launch of Samsung’s Game Hub and Xbox app.

Simply put, it gives you the ability to access your Xbox library and account directly from one of Samsung’s best gaming TVs, or even a more budget-friendly display. Along with adding another string to the TV maker’s bow, the Samsung Gaming Hub and Xbox app will offer more ways to play. Above all, it provides more routes to the Xbox ecosystem for less. Given the current climate, being more respectful of the bank balance is a big selling point here.

To see if it was worth it, I went to see Samsung’s Gaming Hub in action.

It’s more than just an app

Now, if we’re being totally reductive: yes, the Samsung Gaming Hub is “just” an app on a Samsung TV that lets you stream games to the cloud (which a lot of people already do with their phones). This is certainly how he feels at first sight. But at the same time, it also looks like something more. Something that will attract more people and give us more ways to play.

To cut to the chase: what do you need to make it work? Well, the headline here is that the Samsung Gaming Hub will feature in everything Samsung 2022 TVs from the entry-level Crystal UHD BU8000 range upwards. This is the first noteworthy detail because it means people won’t have to buy Samsung’s most expensive contenders for the best TV for Xbox Series X to get the Gaming Hub. What else do you need? Well, just a Bluetooth game controller from any band and an Xbox GamePass subscription (there are also other services built into the hub such as GeForce Now, Stadia, etc. – but this is clearly designed and designed for Xbox folks).

And what’s it like to use and play? Pretty good, really. Games handle with very little latency – certainly nothing obvious or impactful. You can also access each easily and intuitively.

Playing the streaming games is quite enjoyable, responsive and dare I say normal

Fortunately, you can join other friends online who have consoles Where stream their games to other devices. All at a respectable 1080p and 60 frames per second (maximum). Cared for. As long as your internet connection meets the recommended minimum requirement of 10-20 Mbps, you should be laughing.

From first impressions, the Samsung Gaming Hub delivers on that promise. Aside from some loading while the system searches for and connects to the nearest Xbox server, streaming games is pretty good, responsive, and dare I say normal.

Access to the cloud is essential

Samsung Gaming Hub event and Xbox app

(Image credit: Future/Rob Dwiar)

The Samsung Gaming Hub offers more than just the means by which to stream games, though (and that goes beyond Xbox, as apps like GeForce, Stadia, and a few others can be accessed through it). Games streamed through the Gaming Hub may receive additional enhancements such as frame rate stabilization, optimizations, audio options, and more. You will also be able to use normal peripherals such as headsets, the best Xbox Series X accessories, and wired controllers via the Bluetooth or USB connections.

This move by Xbox and Samsung is no doubt primarily intended to encourage new players to try out the games and Xbox Game Pass, by connecting them through this console-free method. However, it also opens the door for those who are already in the Xbox system, allowing them to play on more devices and, therefore, in more places. For example, existing gamers can carry over their progress between their console, the ride on their phone, and then to a friend or family member with one of these Samsung TVs. It’s a cool concept for sure.

This all sounds huge, so is there a downside to this service as well as the Samsung Gaming Hub? On paper, not really – but I think there are some unanswered questions, open doors and potential opportunities.

If you live in remote areas or hard-to-reach places, streaming still won’t be an option.

The required internet connection is a potential pitfall – again, in the year 2022 AD. This isn’t a problem for many people, but it’s still not achievable for many people. Particularly here in the UK, the reality is that there isn’t quite the widespread access to reliable and fast internet connections that will provide a comfortable and stable streaming games experience that big companies would like to think ‘it exists. If you live in remote areas or hard-to-reach places, streaming still won’t be an option. The Hub won’t change that.

And that’s a catch because the Samsung Gaming Hub and the Xbox app are all about getting people into the ecosystem, or spreading them over more areas – there’s nothing here for you if you’re not streaming no games. This is also a potential, or at least current, issue with the Samsung Gaming Hub: all optimizations and additional features only affect games streamed through it – there’s nothing here for PlayStation or Nintendo gamers. If you were hoping a “Gaming Hub” could offer more than the TV’s own settings for any device of any brand you plug into it, then it’s not.

However, the company called it the “Samsung Gaming Hub”, not the “Xbox Gaming Hub” or “Xbox on Samsung Gaming Hub”. As such, the door is perhaps open for this to be a feature that can offer something to other users of the platform down the line.

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