There is little doubt that the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Note 20 are two of the best phones released this year. Their big screens, powerful hardware, and S-pens mean they’re great productivity devices – but did you know that both of them can play Xbox games over cloud games? Right, you can sit down on your sofa and play console-quality games using just your humble smartphone. This is how it works.
Please note: This function is currently in a preview phase. Registration ends on September 4th. The preview period ends on September 11th, but the feature will start for everyone on September 15th. If you want to access the preview before September 1
What you need to get started
There are a few things you need to start streaming Xbox games to your Galaxy Note 20. First of all, you need a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra. Both models are fine, but for now this feature is only limited to Note 20 models. Expect other Samsung devices to get access to this streaming game at some point, but for now it’s only the two latest Samsung Notes.
You will likely need a bluetooth controller too. Some games work well with touchscreen controls, but many require a controller. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s Bluetooth Xbox controller is your best bet, but any of our favorite controllers should work. We tested it with the GameSir G4s and it worked perfectly. However, if you are concerned about compatibility issues, we recommend purchasing the.
Finally, you also need a stable Wi-Fi connection. Cloud games use game material that is streamed over the internet. This is an extremely data-intensive process that requires a decent internet connection. Wi-Fi is probably the best choice for most, but some lucky people can use a 5G connection to stream – just keep in mind that you will likely need unlimited data or a very high limit.
Once you’ve got your Note 20, controller, and Wi-Fi connection, you’re good to go.
Sign in to Xbox Game Pass and register for preview
Next, you’ll need to sign up for Xbox Game Pass and sign up for the streaming service yourself. Xbox Game Streaming is currently in a preview phase. Hence, you need to apply for it before you can use it. If you bought a Note 20 from Samsung, you have likely been sent an email inviting you to preview it. If not, the application form can be found on the Project xCloud website. You must apply before you can access the service. Early Preview requests will end on September 4th. If you haven’t already, there is a quick access to it. Once you have applied, you will receive an email receipt confirming your application and (hopefully) your confirmation shortly afterwards.
Of course, you also have to subscribe to the Xbox Games Pass for the Ultimate tier, which costs the princely sum of $ 15 per month. This is the most expensive tier, but you have access to absolutely everything. So if you have a PC, you can also access the full library of Xbox games for Windows. Your first month will only cost you $ 1. So you have the opportunity to find out if it’s worth your money or not.
Download the Xbox Game Streaming app and start playing
After you’re signed in, you’ll need to download the Xbox Game Streaming app. Once downloaded, launch it and sign in to the Microsoft account that you used to request access.
Once you’re signed in, you’ll be presented with a list of the games to play – and it’s a big list. You can add games to your Play Later list and choose games to play now. To play a game, simply select it from the list and tap play. After a few moments of loading – during this time your stream will start – you will be transported into your game. If your chosen game requires a controller, the app will warn you before it starts so you have the option to plug in a controller.