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Press Release | 25 Sep 2019

Vodafone joins up with Microsoft

Vodafone joins up with Microsoft

Vodafone customers invited to take part in official Project xCloud public preview – apply here

  • Vodafone joins Microsoft in a technical partnership for the preview of Project xCloud – Microsoft’s new, cloud-based game streaming technology
  • Project xCloud, when teamed with Vodafone’s mobile network, will enable customers to play Xbox games on mobile phones or tablets.
  • Vodafone is the first UK network to collaborate with Microsoft in these ground-breaking trials
  • Vodafone has 5G in more places than any other network making it the perfect partner for Project xCloud.

Vodafone has partnered with Microsoft to help shape the future of mobile game streaming. The two companies have entered a technical partnership to optimise the technology for gamers in the UK. Vodafone customers have the opportunity to be amongst the first to preview Project xCloud, Microsoft’s new game streaming technology, if they sign up at www.xbox.com/xbox-game-streaming.

Project xCloud will enable true ‘gaming on the go’ so players can enjoy some of their favourite Xbox console games on their smartphone or tablet. Vodafone’s 5G network is perfect for game streaming and will allow players to have the ultimate gaming experience on the go.

Vodafone is the first network in the UK to collaborate with Microsoft to improve Project xCloud’s performance on its network. The trials will begin in October 2019 and Vodafone customers have an opportunity to be amongst the first to try it by registering for the preview. They can register here today and Microsoft will send out invites in the coming weeks. Those customers selected to take part will be the first to help optimise the cloud gaming experience on Vodafone’s 5G and 4G networks, and enjoy some of Xbox’s most popular games including Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians and Sea of Thieves. A critical component of these trials is to better understand how the technology will work on mobile networks, and to understand how 5G and 4G networks can best support gamers.

Participants will need the following to take part – a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher and Bluetooth 4.0, a Microsoft account and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One wireless controller. A phone mount for the controller is also recommended.

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About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of June 2021, we have 5G in 340 locations across Europe – 100 in the UK and 240 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

For more information about Vodafone UK please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk.

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