Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Amazon reportedly working on game streaming service

Amazon is reportedly stepping up its gaming ambitions Amazon is reportedly stepping up its gaming
Troy Mann | 13 January, 2019, 19:10

Details are scant at the moment, but it's fair to assume the online retailer wants to create a Netflix-style on-demand platform for playing video games. The effort is closely tied to the Internet juggernaut's Web Services division seeing how the company is seeking to leverage its massive cloud infrastructure in order to power the streaming service internally, sources claim.

Suffice it to say that video game streaming is likely the next step in gaming, and with as huge a company as Amazon joining the ranks, expect the industry to hit full throttle. That said, Microsoft's Azure servers should be launching in the first half of this year after being delayed from a launch last year, and we'll apparently have AWS servers by 2020, which is the apparent launch year for Amazon's new streaming service.

Amazon, also in the competition to acquire cloud gaming, remained quiet regarding its ambitions in the market up until Thursday.

It makes sense for Amazon to enter this arena, as it's the largest provider of cloud computing services on the planet - ahead of Google and Microsoft by a long shot - and can therefore easily build out the necessary infrastructure to support a demanding game streaming service for users around the world.

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'Instead, the games run on powerful computers inside data centers, allowing people to play them on devices with less processing muscle, including smartphones, tablets and smart televisions.' Amazon hasn't announced any such plans so far or even confirmed the existence of such plans. It will be interesting to see how cloud-gaming affects traditional gaming business since the notion of continuously upgrading your console/computer seems tedious, hectic and expensive. Its Fire TV streaming device, in fact, has a number of games.

According to some recent rumors, Amazon is indeed working on its own video games streaming platform.

Amazon has yet to officially confirm the reports.

Microsoft is also developing a cloud streaming service.

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