Amazon is reportedly developing a game-streaming platform that could release as early as next year

    
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It’s certainly no secret that Amazon has been making numerous inroads into the gaming industry, from its Lumberyard game engine to its in-development MMO New World, but rumor has it that the company is now looking to expand its grasp on gamers even further with the development of a new game-streaming service. Right now, there’s not much information to go on, but reports indicate that Amazon is currently in the process of negotiating with game publishers to nail down deals to distribute games on the service, which apparently could launch as early as next year.

Of course, Amazon isn’t the only company that thinks game-streaming platforms are going to be the next big thing: Google has been working on the straightforwardly named Project Stream, while Microsoft is throwing its hat into the ring with Project xCloud, to name a couple of others. On Amazon’s front, however, the above is pretty much all we know so far, but if the rumors of a possible 2020 launch hold any water, then we can probably expect to hear more about it sometime this year.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Confusing title/terminology is confusing. As said below, Cloud Gaming is more correct/widely used.
Streaming is synonymous with Twitch/Mixer/Youtube.

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Hikari Kenzaki

That said, i’m hoping for some form of Lumberyard to twitch magic at some point so I can run my in character news network off Star Citizen :)

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Mordyjuice

They better have games to offer, I bought a Fire Tablet for Christmas and learned that their App Store has nowhere near the same quantity of games as Google Play despite the fact that they’re both Droid Platforms.

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Fire Tablet is ok if you’ll learn how to install apk’s from third party sources. For example, instead of whatever garbage that Amazon uses to watch YouTube on Fire tablet it is much better to install “YouTube Vanced”, which is a user-modded YT player (same exact functionality as Google’s own YT player) which blocks all Ads. Same goes for other stuff ;-)

Same will be true for any Android-based smartphone if more game developers will want to avoid Google’s greedy Play Store fees ;-)

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Armsbend

I’m hoping in the future Amazon and Google drop their animosity towards each other. There have been recent signs that will be the case.

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Siphaed

The only way I see this launching “next year” is with New World launching next year as well. Because they go hand-in-hand selling one via the other.

Possible, but unlikely. The progress on that game is that of Indie style survival games: slow to feedback response paired with a snails pace development.

I could be wrong. I hope that I am. But things are amiss with simple mechanics such as AI and asset generation within the gamespace world (X, Y, Z axis missing the mark entirely, having items floating above or below ground). Player animation in combat can be tweaked over time and eventually come to a smooth-as-butter finish. But they’re still adding classes, still adding weapon types, and still figuring out the basics.

And then there’s the whole system of claiming, which at this point is as exploitable as well…Atlas’s islands at launch were. Only more so. Guild will build vast walls around plot sections to prevent claim.

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MilitiaMasterV

Ugh. Really?

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McGuffn

psst. Add it to Prime please. Thank you.

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Barantor

They kind of already have this with their launcher via all the twitch prime rewards, so it makes sense for that to expand and be used for their exclusive games like New World.

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Adam tecnavia

While I’m concerned with how big amazon is, steam needs competition. They’ve utter crap – its basically a platform for unfinished games that will never finish. Add to that the utter lack of care about thier toxic forums.

The space needs competition.

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Random MMO fan

The correct title and the phrase should be “Cloud Gaming”, would be much less confusing since “streaming” is associated with things like Twitch.tv ;-)

That said, I don’t see this becoming successful. OnLive has been trying since 2003 (before Sony bought them), and I actually used their service. It was kind of neat but there was ALWAYS an issue of lag which these cloud gaming providers cannot control. This is why OnLive has never been profitable and why no other company has been able to succeed in this field.

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Aaron Weddle

i Use nvidia’s Geforce now cloud gaming nad it works amazing on connections over 25 MBPS no lag nothing if u go under 25MBPS u get problems

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Armsbend

Good I find OBS cumbersome. With the old developers being so bad at developing I’m looking forward to Amazon coming in and dominating. I’d like for Netflix and Disney to get into the game as well – firing all of the old guard and starting fresh. I hope they hire very few of these people back. They are absolutely terrible.

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agemyth 😩

I don’t have any problems with this becoming an optional way to play games, but if there are ever any games exclusive to such a service without a downloadable client that would be harmful to the way we play games today.