Video game streaming services haven't quite bedded in with the gaming masses yet, despite the admirable efforts of set-ups like Nvidia's GeForce Now and Sony's PlayStation Now.
But evidently there's a rich future in this industry sector, as reports are pointing towards Amazon entering the game streaming business. And this news emerges as Google's Project Stream nears an official launch, coming later in 2019, and Microsoft's Project xCloud gathers momentum, with public trials expected soon. Big names, right there.
Reports at The Information and Deadline confirm that Amazon is working on its own game streaming service, to rival the above options. On asking for further information, Deadline received feedback from an Amazon employee that this was a project the company was developing internally.
The Grand Tour Game
Amazon is speaking to publishers about bringing their games to its streaming platform, which apparently could launch in 2020. Amazon actually owns a couple of studios itself - Killer Instinct devs Double Helix, and Amazon Game Studios - so it's a given that titles from those teams will make appearances. The latter's next title is The Grand Tour Game, based on the TV show, which releases on 15 January.
Streaming services have long been cited as part of gaming's future, initially alongside standalone consoles, earning vocal support from the likes of Rockstar and EA. In years to come, then, perhaps all of our video gaming needs will be taken care of without ever downloading the latest AAA release, or popping a disc into our box of choice.
Or maybe you don't agree? We've seen OnLive close already, so there's no guarantee that, however big the companies involved, video game streaming will properly take off. Let us know your thoughts on this potential sea-change for how we prefer to play.
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