Microsoft has confirmed it is working with Reliance Jio for bringing Project xCloud to India. Microsoft has said it will “soon” provide more information on the gaming streaming service's India launch. Reliance Jio indicated its partnership with Microsoft at the Future Decoded event in Mumbai, held in late February and now we have an official word on the same. Hopefully, in the near future, we might get some more information on Project xCloud India pricing, availability details, and more. The service is currently only available in Canada, South Korea, the UK, the US.
“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Mako Reactor, a website dedicated to Japanese gaming, which was first to report about the development.
“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 spokesperson added.
Microsoft confirmed the same to Gadgets 360 but didn't provide any other details.
“We are excited to bring the Project xCloud preview to India later this year and learn from the great Indian gaming community. We are exploring our options with Jio but have nothing further to share at this time,” Microsoft told Gadgets 360.
The partnership between Reliance Jio and Microsoft in regards to bring Project xCloud in India came to light during the Future Decoded keynote where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chairman, managing director of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani, sat down for a televised event. Towards the end of their discussion, they briefly spoke about gaming culture in India and its potential in the Indian market. Now, after some silence on the matter, there is finally some acknowledgement from Microsoft.Even though Microsoft just said “more news soon,” it still comes as a good sign as both companies are actively working towards bringing Project xCloud to India, or so we hope.
Project xCloud is a game streaming service that aims to make gaming even more accessible. It allows users to stream games on almost any device without having to install it on that device. As of now, the service is in its testing phase and is expected to come to India sometime this year.