Amazon May Be Developing A Game Streaming Service

Amazon's next big thing could be game streaming

Amazon's next big thing could be game streaming

The Information got the scoop, reporting on two independent sources who are close to the plans that state that Amazon is developing a cloud gaming service. Amazon is also pushing for talks with publishers to create a library which will be offered through the service. Sony's PlayStation Now service is already up and running, and charges players $99.99 a year for access to more than 700 games. This follows similar moves by Microsoft, Google and others, as the gaming business shifts to online delivery and services from hardware.

Even if this rumor was true, Amazon wouldn't be the first to roll out such a service.

That could all change soon according to a report from The Information, which claims that Amazon is soon going to ride the cloud-based gaming bandwagon along with its fiercest rivals Microsoft and Google.

There's little doubt that Amazon would be looking to add its upcoming game streaming solution to its Prime package, providing consumers with yet another incentive to pay for a subscription to its premium membership which already comes with dozens of benefits, including extra protections, free two-day shipping on eligible items, and a massive library of streamable movies, TV shows, and music.

The games are instead hosted on cloud servers, and streamed over the internet, which means you don't need a powerful computer to play high-end games - or you can use a phone or tablet too.

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.

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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.

This isn't game streaming like say, Twitch.

An increasing number of companies are trying their hand at game streaming services, which remains a niche sector but could one day be huge.

It's hard to know outright what Amazon is doing in the games space.

Gaming in the cloud has not exactly exploded in popularity just yet, but the timing is interesting.

It's unknown how much Amazon will charge for its new cloud gaming service.

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