SK Telecom & Microsoft to expand Project xCloud Preview

SK Telecom and Microsoft will expand Project xCloud Preview in Korea, inviting more players to participate, adding new games, and delivering the Microsoft Game Streaming app via the One Store.

Project xCloud is Microsoft’s game streaming technology that allows gamers to play Xbox games directly from the cloud on mobile devices while connected to the internet. Supported by SK Telecom’s 5G network, which is marked by super-fast speed and ultra-low latency, Project xCloud can offer a more immersive and seamless experience to gamers.

At present, public previews for Project xCloud are being provided in the United States, United Kingdom and Korea. According to Microsoft, Project xCloud preview participants in Korea are on average spending 1.75 times more time gaming and revisiting three times more compared to the participants in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Moreover, SK Telecom and Microsoft will increase the number of games for Project xCloud preview in Korea from 29 to 85 titles, including homegrown Korea-developed favorites such as Black Desert and Tera. Around 40 of these games will provide Korean subtitles or voice-overs, and more games that support the Korean language will be added to the preview over time.

“Our partnership with SK Telecom has played a valuable role in helping Microsoft reach new, mobile-first gamers while also learning more about delivering high-quality game streaming through 5G networks,” said Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Project xCloud.

“As we enter the next phase of our preview in Korea, it is critical for us to have a strong partnership with a respected company like SK Telecom to push the technology forward,” added Choudhry.

“We are confident that 5G cloud gaming will shift the paradigm in the video game industry,” said Jeon Jin-soo, Vice President and Head of 5GX Service Business Division of SK Telecom.

“We will continue to make efforts to provide the world’s best cloud gaming services to the Korean gamers,” added Jin-soo.

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