Friday, 18 January, 2019

Amazon might be working on a game streaming service

Amazon's next big thing could be game streaming Amazon's next big thing could be game streaming
Cecil Davis | 13 January, 2019, 19:09

Amazon is now planning a large-scale push into the video games industry, with the company working on a mysterious streaming service likely to be organized as the Netflix for interactive entertainment, The Information reports, citing people with knowledge of the initiative. Whether the service will actually come to fruition is anyone's guess, but assuming The Information's coverage is accurate, it's hardly an unprecedented move for the online retail giant.

The company is supposedly already reaching out to publishers and developers about possible games that would be distributed as a part of the service. Sony currently charges $19.99 per month or $99.99 per year for PlayStation Now, so Amazon could use similar pricing for its service. Adding more games for purchase or subscription could be an important expansion of the platform, as well as Amazon's Prime services. Google is busy beta testing its own Project stream, letting players beam games to a browser in real-time over the internet. Sony was definitely ahead of the curve but the service offers older games that invariably have performance issues.

First off, Amazon's service would probably be something along the lines of Google's Project Stream.

Amazon now has openings on their job platform that include either the term "Cloud Gaming" or "Lead Platform Game Engineer".

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The service, which is still in a fledgling state and not expected to roll out until 2020 at the earliest, should enfold Amazon's Twitch ecosystem in unique ways. Based on the leak, the Verizon Gaming service is already up and running on NVIDIA Shield devices with plans allegedly in place to expand it to Android smartphones.

EA Games recently got on board as well, developing their own game streaming service.

While game streaming potentially opens gaming up to new people, it's also exclusionary.

Amazon has yet to confirm any news, and no release date or pricing has been announced.