Samsung today unveiled its new Galaxy Note 20 phone and with it a unique Xbox Game Pass partnership. Microsoft has partnered with Samsung to include a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app in Samsung’s Galaxy Store. This version will allow Xbox players to redeem tokens and make in-app purchases, such as buying skins or DLC items in the Xbox Store.
The Xbox Game Pass app, available in the Google Play Store, will not support these types of in-app purchases. It is clear that Microsoft and Samsung have reached a special deal that probably undermines the 30 percent that Google wants to activate them exclusively for the Galaxy Store version. The deal comes just as rumors suggest that Google is trying to persuade Samsung to promote its own Play Store over Samsung̵
Along with this Xbox Game Pass app, Samsung is also offering a Galaxy Note 20 game pack that includes three months of Powerbox’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and MOGA XP5-X Plus. The controller is made with the gaming streaming (xCloud) part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in mind and it can keep your phone charged while you play.
Microsoft and Samsung’s latest Xbox Game Pass partnership builds on the growing deal that the two companies first unveiled last year. Microsoft and Samsung partnered to mount Android and Windows closer to the Galaxy Note 10 last year, and they announced an xCloud partnership earlier this year. The Note 20 is the first device to take advantage of this closer integration with the Xbox Game Pass, and it’s reasonable to assume that Microsoft’s ambition to bring xCloud to TVs is likely to include Samsung at some point in the future.