JioGamesCloud: Reliance’s new cloud gaming service is now available in beta for everyone

JioGamesCloud is now available for early beta access for everyone. Announced three years ago at a Reliance AGM event, the Indian cloud gaming service is trying to bring high-quality titles to its platform, including Saints Row IV, Kingdom Come Deliverance, and more. Although to be fair, most of its lineup is unparalleled mobile titles. Interested users can sign up for the JioGamesCloud beta program and test games in its catalog, through the JioGames Android app, their web browsers and the JioFiber decoder. The games are available to play instantly without the need for downloads, installations or updates.

Like all other cloud gaming services, loading times and performance are completely dependent on your internet connection. Gadgets 360 tested it on an Android phone, a Windows laptop, and a MacBook Air — and it ran reasonably well at 16Mbps with Full HD 1080p graphics. JioGamesCloud is currently available for free, even those with an Airtel or Vi phone number, we found out. Although later we would expect it to be locked behind a subscription. It can run on a recurring monthly subscription similar to Xbox Game Pass, which comes with Cloud Gaming, but not in India. In 2020, Reliance Jio confirmed that it was working with Microsoft to bring its Project xCloud gaming service to India, although it has remained mum on the matter ever since.

JioGamesCloud controller support

On an Android device, JioGamesCloud works the same as most phone-based titles, with on-screen controls that can be extended via a Bluetooth controller. Meanwhile, the desktop version of JioGamesCloud relies on a keyboard-mouse setup, with added controller support. Gadgets 360 tested both the PS5’s DualSense and the Xbox Wireless Controller that came with an Xbox Series X. Both worked – though the D-pad didn’t work either, and the DualSense’s control setup was unusual and could not be changed. The JioGamesCloud FAQ section on the official website states that you “would need a game controller (Bluetooth or wired) connected to your Set-Top-Box [and the JioGamesNow app to play on your television].”

How to play games on JioGamesCloud

Logging into the platform requires a phone number, and it doesn’t have to be a Jio SIM card, as we noted earlier. Hardware specs are also limited, simply requiring a “stable internet connection”, although it recommends running titles on Google Chrome for the “best gaming experience”.

Games on Android would work over a 5G or Wi-Fi connection, with support running on devices ranging from Android 5.0 to Android 12.0. On mobile, JioGamesCloud is included as a new tab on the JioGames app, listing its limited library, sorted by genres. My brief playtime with Kingdom Come Deliverance and Saints Row IV on Android was plagued with screen freezes and crashes when a new animation loaded. Games seem to run on the lowest possible settings – as expected – and were riddled with hiccups such as screen flickering and muting. However, this only seems to be the case with heavier AAA titles, as I have found less intensive games such as Ben 10 to run just fine. It should also be noted that JioGamesCloud is currently in beta.

On PC, however, performance was much better, but not dramatically. On Saints Row IV, I encountered input lags and a slight stutter that became super noticeable when moving the camera. The game was obviously running on the lowest possible settings – and graphics settings are inaccessible on both Android and PC, prohibiting you from tinkering with presets to get the best possible framerate. Kingdom Come Deliverance, on the other hand, combats the lag issue by incorporating motion blur, which was pretty nauseating for my tastes. It would have been great if I could scale it down just a little bit.

JioGamesCloud will bring Nvidia GeForce Now

For now, the library of games on JioGamesCloud is quite limited, although it plans to “continue to grow” over time. Reliance has also apparently partnered with Nvidia to bring GeForce Now via JioGamesCloud, as confirmed by a member of the support team on the official Discord channel. The claim is backed up by a leaked screenshot of the set-top box release, which features a GeForce tab that lists titles such as Watch Dogs 2, Destiny 2, and Trackmania.

JioGamesCloud Game Library

As of now, there aren’t many AAA or known options except for the few listed below:

JioGamesPlay is now available for free early access on desktop browser, JioGames Android app and JioFiber decoder. It’s expected to be a subscription-based offering once it leaves beta testing. While there’s no word on a full-scale launch, a member of the Discord support team hinted that it could happen in January 2023.

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