One of Microsoft’s goals for Xbox Game Pass is to bring the Xbox experience and its library of games to as many users as possible by enabling the subscription service on an increasing number of platforms that already includes consoles, Windows 10 PCs, and Android devices with its cloud streaming technology.
According to files discovered by an r/AndroidTV user in the latest APK of Xbox Game Pass, one of the next platforms that will officially include support for the game subscription service is Android TV, Google’s operating system designed for smart TVs, digital media players, and similar devices. This is alluded to by a 320×180 TV banner that clearly shows the Xbox Game Pass logo.
While an Xbox Game Pass app is already available through the Google Play Store and can be side-loaded onto Android TV devices like the Chromecast, the official Xbox Game Pass app for Android TV will almost assuredly be better with improvements that could include a layout that’s properly optimized for TVs and other larger displays. The Android TV app will also presumably have proper support for remotes and/or controllers.
Of course, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed yet that they’ll support Android TV, but with Stadia recently launching an official app for the platform, it’s only natural that Microsoft would like to do the same. It also ties into Microsoft’s recent push to integrate its game streaming services directly into newer smart TVs. The Redmond firm recently confirmed it’s also working on its own Xbox game streaming device.