Following the announcement last September that it would partner with local telecoms operator SK Telecom to promote Project xCloud Cloud gaming services in South Korea, Microsoft has now announced that it will invite more players to join, increasing the number of games available to play to 85. In a press release issued on January 21st, local time, SK Telecom allows players to download the Microsoft Game app through the One Store and optimize the download and gaming experience.
With SK Telecom’s 5G network, project xCloud projects provide ultra-fast speeds and ultra-low latency, providing gamers with a more immersive and seamless experience. Interestingly, Microsoft reported that Project xCloud Preview participants in South Korea spent an average of 1.75 times and three times more game time and return visits than participants in the U.S. and The U.K.
(From left) Kareem Choudhry, Vice President of Microsoft xCloud Projects, Jeon Jin-soo and GM Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President and Head of Services, SK Telecom 5GX General Manager and Product Leader of the xCloud Project. Source: SK Telecom.
As mentioned above, this partnership between SK Telecom and Microsoft will increase the number of games that Korean gamers can test from 29 to 85. The new range of games will include popular games developed in South Korea, such as Black Desert and Tera. About 40 of these games will also provide Korean subtitles or dubbing, and more Korean games will be added in the future.
“Our partnership with SK Telecom has played an important role in helping Microsoft attract new, mobile-first gamers, while also learning more about delivering high-quality game streams over 5G networks,” said Kareem Choudhry, vice president of Microsoft xCloud Projects. As we move into the next phase of previews in Korea, it is critical to build strong partnerships with respected companies like SK Telecom to move technology forward. “
“We believe that 5G cloud gaming will change the paradigm of the video game industry,” said Jeon Jin-soo, Vice President and Head of SK Telecom 5GX Services. We will continue to strive to provide Korean gamers with the best cloud game service in the world. “