Jio, a subsidiary of the Reliance Group, has launched its new cloud gaming platform JioGamesCloud in beta on its JioGames app. JioGamesCloud now enables customers with stable internet connections to stream games directly to any supported device without the need to install, download, or update the games.

JioGames stated that the gaming platform is accessible via cellphones, web browsers, and the Jio Set Top Box. Victor Vran, Shadow Tactics, Beholder, Saints Row, Redout, Deliver Us The Moon, and Kingdom Come Deliverance are among the more than 50 titles available on JioGamesCloud. JioGamesCloud claims to deliver its service on a stable 20 Mbps wired/wireless connection for a flawless experience, from AAA blockbusters to ultra-casual games.


Cloud games

The cloud platform’s games can be played on a computer using basic hardware such as keyboards, mouse, or gamepad. Users of Android phones would need to download the JioGames app from the Google Play Store, while gaming controllers connected to Jio Set Top Boxes would allow them to play games on television.

The beta version is presently available for free to all users. It allows them to sign in and use the service using a cellular connection other than Jio’s. According to rumors, Jio will launch JioGamesCloud using Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service.

The move comes at a time when gaming rules in the country are constantly tightening. A team of state finance ministers working has advised levying a uniform GST of 28% on internet gambling. It is regardless of classifications such as games of skill and games of chance.

In addition, the Centre is working to create a national framework for online gaming platforms. To examine the issue, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) met with 40 online gaming platforms earlier this year. It includes Dream11, Nazara Technologies, and Mobile Premier League (MPL).

According to analysis, the number of Indian online gamers is expected to expand by 8% to 390 million in 2021. It is up from 360 million in 2020. According to another KPMG report, India will become the second-largest online gaming market after China in 2021.

With the number of users increasing to nearly 400 million by mid-2020 from about 250 million in 2018. It is owing to the Covid-19 epidemic lockdowns. Cloud gaming is projected to be the next significant advancement in the gaming industry’s steady growth.

5G Requirements

In any case, as sources pointed out in August, cloud gaming is already taking place in India without 5G, with businesses such as The Gaming Project registering thousands of gamers for a monthly fee in various Indian cities, and the games functioning fairly well on a WiFi connection alone.

Bringing intense high-quality gaming to devices that may not be able to run it locally, on the other hand, is a significant selling point for 5G networks, and is presumably why Jio has pushed quickly to implement its cloud gaming service. One hopes that, unlike JioCinema’s FIFA World Cup 2022 feed for the first two days, the deployment works smoothly at scale.

Jio’s ambitions to launch the service via its set-top box are particularly intriguing. As STBs are not currently out of reach for people like a 5G phone or a powerful PC is. According to a petition, the company gained authorization last year for a gaming controller leased from Korean firm Aksys. This controller is now available for purchase through the company’s website.

Other telecoms are also attempting to capitalize on the cloud gaming craze. In October, Vi demonstrated its solution at the India Mobile Congress 2022 in collaboration with CareGame. Previously, in September, Airtel presented its own cloud gaming service. Neither telco’s solution is currently in public beta, and neither telco has conducted a full launch.

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