Amazon Reportedly Working on New Video Game Streaming Service

Amazon is reportedly stepping up its gaming ambitions

Amazon is reportedly stepping up its gaming ambitions

The Information reports that Amazon is developing its own cloud gaming service, joining the likes of Microsoft and Google in doing so.

Amazon also owns the live streaming service Twitch, which is an extremely powerful space in gaming.

The most noteworthy game streaming service that already exists is the underwhelming Playstation Now. Amazon reportedly is in talks with publishers about distributing their games through the forthcoming service, which could launch as early as next year.

These online games will be hosted by cloud servers and streamed over the internet, giving users the hardware-flexibility.

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. Sony was definitely ahead of the curve but the service offers older games that invariably have performance issues.

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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.

According to sources familiar with Amazon's plans, the service could be launching in 2020 at the earliest.

Amazon now has openings on their job platform that include either the term "Cloud Gaming" or "Lead Platform Game Engineer". We've seen OnLive close already, so there's no guarantee that, however big the companies involved, video game streaming will properly take off. With the introduction of such game-streaming services, we may finally able to bid adieu those ultra-expensive gaming consoles.

Google has also jumped into the race to develop a gaming service that transcends the home console, dubbed Project Stream. Alternatively, Amazon could include the service as part of its Prime program.

Amazon has yet to confirm any news, and no release date or pricing has been announced.

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