Amazon video game streaming service tipped to launch in 2020

Amazon video game streaming service tipped to launch in 2020

Amazon has serious ambitious to do more around video games, with a plan to expand in a big way its existing identity as a retailer of titles as well as the owner of Twitch, the most prominent game livestreaming service in the world.

According to a report by The Information [Paywall], the plans are already in motion, with Amazon reportedly now negotiating with game publishers to be able to distribute their titles through its service. Sony's PlayStation Now service is already up and running, and charges players $99.99 a year for access to more than 700 games. It offers tools through its cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, to help developers build games.

The games are instead hosted on cloud servers, and streamed over the internet, which means you don't need a powerful computer to play high-end games - or you can use a phone or tablet too.

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While Amazon has yet to comment, the reports from The Information and Deadline say multiple sources familiar with the project have confirmed its existence, though details are sparse.

Google is also in on the game streaming game with Project Stream, which it tested a year ago by streaming Assassin's Creed Odyssey through the Chrome browser, and it has plans to further develop the service with the use of the latest graphics cards from AMD.

Should the service pan out, however, Amazon would nearly certainly include it on Amazon Fire TV Edition screens and Amazon Fire TV devices, plus tablets and smartphones.