The software giant is yet again in the news, now for signing a partnership agreement with SK Telecom, the largest telecom company in South Korea. As per the sources of SK Telecom, Microsoft has signed the later to operate as an exclusive partner for its cloud base gaming services called Project xCloud over 5G in South Korea.
To keep up the public excitement, Microsoft has decided to start public previewing of the Project xCloud gaming services from October 2019, to only the selected SK Telecom’s 5G or LTE subscribers. Microsoft is currently aiming at trailing phone-based versions of the gaming services but has not come up with the exact previewing plans as of now. It may come up with more details about the xCloud efforts at the Surface Hardware meet to be held in the New York City on 2nd October 2019. Microsoft is trying to combat the latency issues with the help of technological advancements and video encoding/decoding.
Microsoft and SK Telecom plans for thorough testing of the game streaming in the South Korean market to ensure that the customers are fully satisfied with this new venture that Microsoft is launching in partnership with SK Telecom.
The Vice President of SK Telecom, Ryu Young-sang, is quite pleased with this deal and he was quoted saying about this several times in the interviews. He also added, “by combining our 5G competitiveness with Microsoft’s strength in Cloud gaming, we expect to give the customers a new level of gaming experience”. He sounded very confident about this venture which can be proved only until next month.
xCloud streams very well in 5G network and once the network comes out globally with mm-wave, the customers will get to experience latency reductions as promised, which will yet again benefit the various cloud gaming services.