Amazon is reportedly working on its own game streaming service to take on competing products from Google and Microsoft (which are also currently under development). Amazon’s purported game streaming service does not have a name (both real or speculated) yet and also it is not likely to launch until next year, but this is the first time we are hearing about Amazon’s supposed plans to launch such a thing. Which isn’t all that surprising what with Amazon being the largest provider of cloud computing services in the world, and gaming being the next big frontier for streaming.
Google's game streaming service called Project Stream recently made its debut alongside the global release of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey. In beta, that is. Google allowed select testers to stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey to a browser on a laptop or a desktop PC going so far as to claim "near-instant interaction between the game controller with no graphic degradation" while playing the game in a tab.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is also working on its own game streaming service. It was about time Amazon also joined the bandwagon.
Google and Microsoft (and now Amazon) are seemingly looking to end the dependence on annual hardware upgrades (and allowing gamers to play demanding titles anywhere on any device including laptop, PC or mobile), saying software and streaming are the future of gaming. With improvements in broadband speeds in recent years, it’s a lot easier to fix or at least curb issues of lag and latency now – making game streaming a reality rather than a distant hope. Of course, this won’t be true for all markets, which is probably why Google’s Project Stream has been only made available in the US to begin with.
It would be sometime before game streaming takes the mainstream route. But with Google, Microsoft (and now Amazon) showing interest, it won’t be long before game streaming becomes more than a prototype.
Specific details about Amazon’s game streaming service aren’t known yet, but the company may use Prime and its Fire devices to offer some sort of early access to gamers. The company is currently said to be in discussions with publishers on games that could be streamed through its service.