Microsoft and South Korea’s SK Telecom are continuing to work together to test Project xCloud in the telecommunication company’s LTE and 5G networks. The country’s number one carrier has just announced that it is expanding the availability of the program to more participants, a move that will help the company test and further optimize it for its 5G network.
As of right now, Project xCloud’s public preview program is available to those in the U.S. and U.K. in addition to South Korea. What’s especially interesting is xCloud higher usage in the country—gamers are spending about 75 percent more time gaming than those in the U.S. and U.K., and revisit those games three times as often.
According to Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Project xCloud:
“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. 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.”
In addition to inviting more wireless customers over to the platform, the two companies are also expanding the number of games available in the preview from 29 to 85. Some of these titles will include those developed in the county, including Black Desert and Tera.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud public preview has been available since October of last year, and the tech giant has also partnered with T-Mobile to test the game streaming service over its LTE and new nationwide 5G network in the U.S.
Microsoft will continue to test Project xCloud ahead of its official availability before the end of the year. What do you think about the service so far?