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Amazon may launch its own game streaming service

2019-01-11 18:00 by
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Amazon is developing its own Netflix-like video game streaming service. Instead of buying a game and playing it on your own hardware, the service would likely integrate with a Fire TV to bring the game to you. The game files would be stored on Amazon's servers and rendering would also take place on Amazon's data center hardware. You would send the inputs from your controller and the service would stream back the resulting gameplay.

The service will see Amazon compete with Google – which is currently testing its Project Stream service in the US – as well as Microsoft, which is building its own platform, hardware maker Nvidia, and publisher Electronic Arts. Sony's PlayStation Now service is already up and running, and charges players $99.99 a year for access to more than 700 games.

Amazon has already started talking to game publishers about offering titles, though the service won't be ready to launch until next year at the earliest, according to The Information.

Streaming game services represent the latest evolution in video games, which have transitioned over the years from cartridges to discs and, more often than not, digital downloads. Though digital downloads offer the most convenience, there are downsides, including difficultly playing it on other hardware and the need to download tens of gigabytes of data before playing.

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