Amazon Reportedly Growing Cloud-Primarily based Video Recreation Streaming Service

Donna Miller
January 13, 2019

Amazon, the world's largest retailer, is working on a Netflix-like video gaming service with its own cloud-based streaming framework which is set to be released in 2020. Whether the service will actually come to fruition is anyone's guess, but assuming The Information's coverage is accurate, it's hardly an unprecedented move for the online retail giant. Amazon would contract major game publishers to host their titles on powerful Amazon servers.

Verizon is alpha testing a game streaming service, according to a new report, which comes only days after Amazon was tipped in a similar project. The game streaming service will take on Google and Microsoft's respective game streaming services.

Even if this rumor was true, Amazon wouldn't be the first to roll out such a service. The game streaming app, which is called Verizon Gaming, will be made available to Android testers through Google Play later this month, according to The Verge. Reporters, however, have spotted job listings relevant to this effort, such as this one for a Lead Cross-Platform Game Engineer. With the introduction of such game-streaming services, we may finally able to bid adieu those ultra-expensive gaming consoles.

Streaming services have always been cited as part of gaming's future, initially alongside standalone consoles, earning vocal support from the likes of Rockstar and EA. Amazon Prime subscribers who own a Twitch account are eligible to receive a free game every month, which is yet another nice perk to what was once primarily a free two-day shipping subscription.

The idea is that the service will handle all the heavy computing needed to run graphics-intensive games in the cloud, and then stream it to your computer or mobile device so your experience is indistinguishable from running those titles natively on a high-end gaming system.

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One of the biggest companies on the planet, Amazon, looks like it's extending its reach to yet another sector.

As you know, Amazon's Fire TV is a gaming platform.

Amazon has yet to officially confirm the reports.

Now the real question is, do we need yet another streaming service?

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