Amazon Is Launching A Game-Streaming Service, Report Says

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Not content with having its fingers in almost every pie, Amazon seemingly wants a bigger slice of the gaming market.

The Information reports today that the retail giant is looking to launch its own game-streaming service.

Streaming game services represent the latest evolution in video games, which have transitioned over the years from cartridges to discs and, more often than not, digital downloads.

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.

The service will see Amazon compete with Google - which is now testing its Project Stream service in the U.S. - as well as Microsoft, which is building its own platform, hardware maker Nvidia, and publisher Electronic Arts.

The rise of cloud computing has led to a potential revolution in gaming away from expensive, high-powered consoles and computers. This service, as with PS Now, will reportedly allow customers to stream video games over the Internet, making it possible to access titles without paying for them individually. "This is a rare opportunity", the listing reads, "to take a technical leadership role to shape the foundation of an unannounced AAA games business".

Amazon hasn't announced any such plans so far or even confirmed the existence of such plans. A fourth listing is after an AI Engineer, to work on a "never before seen kind of game".

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