Fire TV’s are getting an official Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming app

Amazon and Microsoft have announced that an official Xbox Cloud Gaming app is coming to select Fire TV devices in July. Similar to Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service, the app will allow you to play Xbox’s extensive library of over 100 games through the cloud on your Fire TV, without the need for an Xbox console or PC.

Only the current Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max have been mentioned as compatible with the upcoming Xbox app. Amazon’s Luna gaming app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models back to the 2016 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, so, hopefully, Microsoft will make the Xbox app work with more models than just the current higher-end Fire TV Sticks at some point. Of course, you’ll also need a game controller to play, such as the Luna controller, which is currently on sale as an early Prime Day deal for $39.99. Many other controllers will work as well, like the official Xbox Wireless Controller, the PlayStation DualSense, or PlayStation DualShock 4.

In addition to a compatible Fire TV and a game controller, you’ll need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which will run you $16.99 per month after you pay $1 for the first month. Microsoft offers cheaper plans for $9.99 and $10.99 per month, but those plans require either an Xbox console or Windows computer to play and will not work with a Fire TV.

One of the biggest hurdles with cloud gaming is ensuring you have a good enough connection to the servers for lag-free gaming. Thankfully, Microsoft will allow anyone to play Fortnite through the service for free without needing a subscription. That should give you an idea of how well your connection to the service will work before committing to a paid subscription.

9 comments
  1. Matt Rizzo says:

    So for those people with Fire Cubes, they’re out of luck for the Xbox app? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    I’m hoping the Sticks they referenced, are more the minimum devices needed for the gaming requirements?

  2. Nicholas Cannon says:

    Interesting they’d do this when they’re trying to sell Luna. I’m sure someone will pull the apk to be used on other fire devices

  3. Scott says:

    I’ve actually been side loading the Google TV version. It’s clunky at times though, but works good enough for my son to play some games he wanted to try. Maybe being an official version it will work even better.

  4. Richard says:

    Will this also be available in the UK?

  5. knolism says:

    I hope it includes 1st gen 4k max and not just 2nd gen models.

    • For now, it’s specifically only the 2nd-gen 4K and 4K Max models released in 2023. It’s being called a “beta” release, so, hopefully, it will come to more models after the initial beta run.

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