Samsung Unveils New Gaming Hub and Remotes for 2022 TVs

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Samsung has unveiled some of its TV ambitions for 2022, including an Eco Controller that uses radio waves to charge and an improved Gaming Hub for streaming video games.

Although CES 2022 is still a few days away, Samsung has already revealed the features of its new TV models for the year. MICRO LED, Neo QLED, and Lifestyle TVs are among the new 2022 models, each with a diverse set of capabilities. A new Eco Remote is included with all 2022 TVs, as well as a new Smart Hub for select models.

The upgraded Smart Hub—and, by extension, the Gaming Hub—are exclusive to Samsung’s Neo QLED Smart TV model, according to the company’s release. “That’s just the beginning,” Samsung stated of the new Gaming Hub, which will operate with video game streaming services like GeForce Now, Stadia, and Utomik.

The Verge also mentions that the new hub will support HDMI-connected consoles (such as the Playstation or Xbox) and that the TVs will have passthrough controller inputs. This implies you might be able to use the same controller to play both streamed and physical console games.

The new Eco Remote, on the other hand, is expected to be included with all of Samsung’s Smart TVs in 2022. According to Gizmodo, this new remote differs from its predecessor in that it can charge itself using radio waves from your router. It may be charged using solar energy or a USB-C connection, just as previous Eco Remote models.

Samsung hasn’t announced a release date or pricing for any of its new 2022 Smart TVs yet, but that could change during the company’s CES speech tomorrow.

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