The latest update of Xbox Game Pass for Android has left traces of its next adaptation to Android TV: as they discovered by analyzing the APK, and after its installation in the operating system for televisions, Xbox Game Pass is already displayed in the menus with its own shortcut.
The competition in video game streaming is increasingly bloody, not in vain the heavyweights of the industry are betting on that formula. Google with its Stadia, Nvidia with GeForce Now, Amazon with Luna and Microsoft with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the subscription that brings much of the console catalog to the cloud. Said Game Pass is compatible with a multitude of devices, including the iPhone. And it looks like it’s coming to Android TV soon.
Android TV already shows Xbox Game Pass as an application after installing the APK
Xbox Game Pass is already shown in the list of installed apps
The app that serves as a game launcher through streaming has been suitable for Android TV since its inception, we ourselves access its benefits from the Nvidia Shield TV. Yes indeed, its execution is not perfect, a detail that shows the lack of full compatibility with the system. It can be opened from the TV, but it is not shown as a native Android TV app. At the moment.
As they discovered in 9to5Google, and we have verified, Microsoft has advanced in the development of Xbox Game Pass for Android TV. The latest version of the stable application incorporates the Android TV launcher, the shortcut icon so that, once placed on the TV grill, it allows access to Xbox Game Pass games without complications.
Until now, you could install the Android APK on Android TV just by uploading and running the file, but it was essential to use a launcher to open the Xbox Game Pass shortcut (like Sideload Launcher). With the latest update this step is no longer necessary since Microsoft has included direct access for TV. Yes indeed, the application is still not 100% adapted to Android TV: Although it works, the performance is not optimal; and a mouse is still required to remove certain elements of the interface.
Although the app works quite well, there are interface elements that cannot be removed with the remote
That Microsoft has introduced changes to Xbox Game Pass in order to make it 100% compatible with Android TV is great news, not for nothing is TV a perfect platform to run games. And if you don’t need a console or a computer, then much better: streaming makes AAA games much more accessible.
Via | 9to5Google, XDA Developers