The Samsung Gaming Hub, which the company promised will be available on its Tizen-based smart TVs earlier this year, is now operational and will initially support cloud gaming on Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now.
The ultimate hub for all things gaming is the Gaming Hub on Samsung TVs. It can offer quick and simple access to a local console and a variety of other gaming materials. The Hub suggests watching videos of gameplay, game trailers, and other things.
However, this mostly serves as a hub for all of your cloud gaming services.
Recently, Samsung and Microsoft proudly said that this would be the first method of playing Xbox Cloud Gaming on the TV without having a physical Xbox console. But on launch day, two other options will be added to Microsoft’s.
Starting today, Samsung Tizen TVs can access Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. Amazon Luna will also be available soon.
Gamers can find and play their favorite games from partners including Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik, and, soon, Amazon Luna on Samsung Gaming Hub, an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform.
What hardware is supported? Samsung claims that its 2022 portfolio will have Gaming Hub, mentioning the following in particular:
Following a software update, namely version 1302.5, the Gaming Hub will be available for compatible devices. At launch, the Hub will enable streaming from the aforementioned services as well as Utomik. Utomik is a lesser-known cloud gaming solution that focuses exclusively on focused PC games on the European market.
Additionally integrated with Gaming Hub are Twitch, Spotify, and YouTube.
As you can see in the screenshot below, The Hub pulls game recommendations from compatible providers into the home page.
How does Samsung Gaming Hub work?
Although we were able to confirm that Stadia will still support the Stadia Controller, Samsung claims that you’ll need a Bluetooth controller. All of the most common controllers are supported, and you can pair audio accessories as well. Playback in 4K60 resolution is also supported for Stadia. Lower latency will be offered to GeForce Now subscribers utilizing the RTX 3080 tier, however Nvidia made no mention of 4K capability, meaning that it is not available.
This release follows the expansion of cloud gaming to additional TVs during the last two years. Both Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia have expanded to include Android TV and LG smart TVs. Although Samsung’s platform will be Amazon Luna’s first official extension, it is also supported by Amazon on its own Fire TV platform.