Amazon is reportedly developing its own gamestreaming service, and it is talking to publishers about distributing games on its platform. That's according to a new report via The Information, the Internet retail giant is joining the growing list of companies that want to build what's essentially a Netflix for video games. Sony's been playing in this space for years with its own PlayStation Now service after they bought Gaikai in 2012. The game streaming service will take on Google and Microsoft's respective game streaming services. Sony was definitely ahead of the curve but the service offers older games that invariably have performance issues.
Amazon, Microsoft and Google are in the midst of an intense battle to win business from companies moving their workloads to the cloud.
When Perlman jumped into game streaming over a decade ago, it was possible to play games by connecting to remote servers, but it never reached a mass market. Amazon has Prime TV, which demonstrates that the company is rooted to streaming already, and a similar infrastructure in its AWS-cloud based storage service, is already used by some developers including Ubisoft and Sega. The project is also said to be far from finished and isn't expected to launch until 2020 at the earliest.
However, it's potential competitors have already made great strides in cloud gaming.
Suggesting that not only are they diving into the world of cloud gaming, but they could also be planning to develop their own games in the future.
The idea is that the service will handle all the heavy computing needed to run graphics-intensive games in the cloud, and then stream it to your computer or mobile device so your experience is indistinguishable from running those titles natively on a high-end gaming system.
These streaming services promise premium video game streaming on low-end tech, meaning users would not have to purchase expensive new consoles in order to play the latest games.
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