The 2022 Consumer Electronics Show was held from January 5th to January 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada. During this showcase, Samsung sent out a press release announcing plans to launch the Samsung Gaming Hub cloud platform.
The Samsung Gaming Hub will be powered by Tizen and use a Linux-based operating system. This platform aims to give people easy access to some of the major cloud video game streaming services currently available around the globe. This is expected to include Nvidia GeForce Now, Google Stadia, and Utomik to start, with more to be added over the coming months.
“We are working with partners to bring their best levels of service to our platform,” reads part of a statement from Samsung gaming product director Mike Lucero. “We will be announcing details as we get closer to launch. We are starting with our 2022 models and are working to make the Gaming Hub available to even more Samsung customers.”
At this time a launch date for the product has not yet been announced. However, the Samsung Gaming Hub is expected to be available on select Samsung Smart TVs later this year.
The Profit‘s Take:
Samsung sells a lot of TVs. They are clearly big players in that market. So, maybe this aims to further the adoption of cloud-based streaming services. Bundling cloud platforms into Smart TVs may move the needle in the gaming market. I feel like one of the big trends is TVs integrating more and more functionality into their devices. Now, the TV out of the box does pretty much everything you want it to do. You don’t need that many other extraneous products. I don’t think we could be that far off from TVs with an Xbox or Nintendo Switch automatically built into them. The Samsungs of the world are spending a lot of money to build up their gaming credibility right now. I like this move.