07 August 2020
In the past couple of years, the video game streaming business has started to pick up some pace. It is already available in the United States and a number of European markets but as far as the Indian market is concerned, there was no concrete information until now. Microsoft has officially confirmed that it is working with Reliance Jio to bring Project xCloud to India.
The official announcement only confirms that there is a deal in place between the two companies. Microsoft has not revealed any details about when to expect Project xCloud available for use and what it would cost. There is a good chance that it will be released in the beta phase and then depending on the feedback, it will transition to a stable rollout.
Here is a what a Microsoft spokesperson told The Mako Reactor publication,
“Yes, we confirmed the news of our intent to bring Project xCloud to Indian gamers with Reliance Jio as part of our Future Decoded event in Mumbai in late February. We announced this intention to come to India at X019 London in November, and will have more news soon on how and when this will play out for your local market.”
The statement does mention that more details will be shared sometime soon. It is unknown exactly what those details would be but we are hoping that it would be related to the launch date and subscription plans. It is understandable that Microsoft and Jio are taking their time before offering any other details. India is not only a price-sensitive market but a significant number of users have limited internet connections i.e. data caps. This is the reason the officials will have to figure out a way to offer value for money.
Another thing that Microsoft will take into consideration is that not many users have a high-speed internet connection, at least the level game streaming demands. Nevertheless, we will be sharing all the developments and announcements related to the Project xCloud release in India.