Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

Amazon is developing its own game streaming service

Amazon is developing its own game streaming service

This is not the passive version, where a player can pay for money while others look over their shoulder - Twitch is already an Amazon product - we're talking rather about Cloud games.

Deadline also reports that Amazon is now speaking with publishers to distribute their games on the untitled Amazon game-streaming platform.

With Amazon massive cloud infrastructure, it could be the firm to really push game streaming alongside the likes of Microsoft, which has its Azure cloud. This Netflix-like streaming arrangement offered by PS Now has its own benefits, such as the ability to play a game without waiting for huge downloads to finish and access on any supported hardware. People who pony up for the plan not only unlock free or expedited shipping, but also get access to Amazon's streaming music and video services in countries where they're available. It's unclear whether Amazon's alleged service will be similar; it won't be arriving officially until 2020 at the earliest, according to The Information.

The service will see Amazon compete with Google - which is now testing its Project Stream service in the USA - as well as Microsoft, which is building its own platform, hardware maker Nvidia, and publisher Electronic Arts.

Should the service pan out, however, Amazon would nearly certainly include it on Amazon Fire TV Edition screens and Amazon Fire TV devices, plus tablets and smartphones.

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