Over the past few months, we have seen Reliance Jio paying interest in the ever-growing Esports by introducing the Jio Games community. Now, the gameplay experience is all set to go up a notch as they launch the Jio Cloud Gaming service, allowing users to access 50-plus games free of cost. However, only those with 5g Data or Wifi connection will have a suitable experience since it consumes high data. Here’s a sneak peek of the recently launched service and its use.
Cloud gaming is a unique service, which requires nothing but a fast internet connection. Interested gamers don’t need an expensive system, even no need to buy games only to play them once. Furthermore, they can you some digital/physical space as they don’t need to install or keep the discs. A new cloud gaming platform named JioGamesCloud has been made available in beta on the JioGames app by Reliance Group’s Jio. Players of mobile devices, web browsers, and Jio Set Top Boxes may access the gaming platform, according to a tweet from JioGames.
The JioGames cloud-gaming service allows you to play games without downloading them onto your device. You don’t need a high-end gaming system or a powerful laptop to play games as this cloud-gaming service essentially streams games onto your screen. All you need is super-speed internet connectivity and there’s no need to download or install any additional files to play the game.
You can play games on JioGames Cloud on any smartphone, display or laptop and TV via the Jio set-top-box. There’s no hardware requirement per se because the game is loaded on Jio’s server and the user essentially streams the games online.
Before the arrival of Jio Games Cloud, India had been sorely missing major cloud gaming platforms such as the one from Microsoft and Nvidia. We do have some home-grown cloud gaming platforms, but they don’t operate at the scale of Microsoft and Nvidia. In fact, Jio first announced its partnership with Microsoft to bring Cloud to the Indian market back in 2020.
While JioGamesCloud has joined the cloud gaming party in India first, it currently doesn’t have the extended list of features to back it up. In the beta program, players can try the service for free on Android smartphones through its app, or a Web App for users on Windows, MacOS and iOS.
Additionally, it is also available on the Jio Set-Top box. However, in order to login, players will require a phone number.
Through the Early Access program, players can easily try all of these titles for free on JioGamesCloud. With the rollout of Jio True 5G and JioAirFiber, the company is looking to create an early lead against its competitors in the race for dominance in the Indian internet space, which has over a billion customers.
During the 45th Annual General Meeting of Reliance Industries Limited, CEO Kiran Thomas said, “the ultra-low latency of Jio True 5G will enable real-time applications like Cloud gaming, even on the go.”
As per reports, Jio has onboarded Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service to launch JioGamesCloud. The development comes at a time when regulations around gaming are constantly being tightened in the country.
After months of discussions on the goods and services tax (GST) to be levied on various gaming segments, as per recent reports, the panel of state finance ministers working on the issue have recommended a uniform GST of 28% on online gaming, irrespective of classifications such as games of skill and the games of chance.
The Centre is also working on developing a national framework for online gaming platforms. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) held a meeting with 40 online gaming platforms, including Dream11, Nazara Technologies, and Mobile Premier League (MPL), to discuss the matter.
As per a report, the number of Indian online gamers increased 8% to 390 Mn in 2021 from 360 Mn in 2020. Another report by KPMG suggested that India became the second-largest base of online gamers after China in 2021 as the number of users grew to about 400 Mn by mid-2020 from about 250 Mn in 2018, driven by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.
Cloud gaming is expected to be the next major development in the steadily-growing gaming industry.
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