SK Telecom launches 5GX Cloud Game powered by Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Wednesday 16 September 2020 | 08:42 CET | News
South Korean operator SK Telecom and Microsoft have launched ‘SKT 5GX Cloud Game’ powered by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the local market. This makes South Korea the first Asian market to offer Xbox’s cloud gaming service, SK Telecom said. ‘SKT 5GX Cloud Game’ powered by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, is a subscription service that allows users to play more than 100 games in the Xbox Game Pass catalog for a monthly fee of KRW 16,700.

Subscribers will be able to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere, by accessing the cloud server via Android phones or tablets. Users can also download and play Game Pass titles on their PCs and Xbox consoles as part of their subscription. The service is also available to subscribers of other mobile operators in South Korea.

SK Telecom and Microsoft carried out the Project xCloud preview in South Korea for about a year and found that 55 percent of users played cloud games at their homes via Wi-Fi connectivity, while the remaining 45 percent did so outside of their homes via mobile connectivity.

SK Telecom has launched a bundled service called ‘Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Controller Pack’, which provides a 12-month payment plan to purchase an Xbox dedicated controller along with 12 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, priced at KRW 22,000 per month.

Alongside the launch of Xbox’s new Xbox Series X and S console devices in November this year, SK Telecom announced plans to start offering Microsoft’s Xbox All Access (XAA) Bundle that provides access to a new next-generation console, combined with a 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, via a more affordable monthly payment.

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Categories: Internet / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Microsoft / SK Telecom
Countries: Korea, Republic of
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