Android Gaming Subscription launched by SK Telecom in partnership with Microsoft
SK Telecom has partnered with Microsoft to launch a subscription for cloud-based games which is powered by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The subscription is brought to life in Korea to if see if gaming streaming services can become mainstream in the Korean market.
Korea is one of the 22 countries that are welcoming the new service and apparently, the only country from Asia which will incorporate the service on the coming Tuesday.
The subscription is priced at 16,700 ($14.20) for a month. The service to be called as 5GX Cloud Game and it will allow user access about over 100 titles from Microsoft, including some of the popular ones such as Forza Horizon 4 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The service can be enjoyed without needing to buy a console to play games, “just a supported Android device and a controller” SK Telecom added.
There’s also an option provided to buy a package which will include controller, the package will cost 22,000 won/month when opted for a yearly plan.
The service can be enjoyed best with the 5G network. However, 4G LTE users and users of other network carries can sign up for it as well.
Ryu Young-sang, President of mobile division at SK Telecom aims for 1 million subscribers by the year 2023.
“With SKT 5GX Cloud Game powered by the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, we will realize a new level of experience for users of 5G-based cloud gaming in Korea," Ryu Young-sang said. “We will continue to expand the cloud game ecosystem by discovering and supporting promising games in Korea.”
The SK Telecom unit and Microsoft together operated a beta version of the service for one year with tens of thousands of gamers testing the subscription.
“With cloud gaming now a key part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, we’re excited for gamers in Korea and across the world to have more freedom in the way they play with friends and family," added Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft. “We’re excited to continue our work with SKT and look forward to delivering a fantastic gaming experience to the Korean gaming community.”