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Top Video Game Streaming Sites: Big Names Race to Provide New Services

Streaming entertainment has been a common practice for music, T.V., and movie content for a while now. It was only a matter of time before video games were added to the mix. Now, amidst the incredible growth of gaming popularity, and advancement of virtual reality, video game streaming seems to be the next industry wide race.

In recent news, video game streaming services have emerged with mention to several big name companies including Amazon and Verizon. It looks as though the list of top video game streaming sites is about to expand.

In this article, we’ll discuss video game streaming, streaming services that are currently available, and new services that are about to change the way people play video games.

What is Video Game Streaming?

A Simple Description and a Well-Known Example of Streaming

Streaming is simply transmitting digital content from a source to a user via an internet connection. Hence, video game streaming is the process by which a user plays video games that are transmitted by an online source, without having to download and install the game to the user’s gaming device.

Why would anyone choose to game this way?

  1. It saves valuable memory space on your gaming device because, although, technically, the game is temporarily downloaded during play, it is automatically deleted from the device upon end of play (saving your progress all the while).
  2. It enables a user to switch devices and pick up right where they left off.

Popular example of such usage… Netflix.

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Think of a movie, for example, that you started on your T.V., then continued on your computer or mobile device. That’s possible by way of streaming. The movie isn’t “on” your T.V. It’s provided and transmitted by a streaming service that thereby allows you to switch devices and continue from the point you changed over.

Let’s look at a couple of examples in the gaming world…

PlayStation Now

How To Stream Your Favorite PlayStation Games

PlayStation Now is a service that’s been around since 2014. It’s Sony’s subscription based cloud service that provides a library of games for PS2, PS3, and PS4. It’s the only way for PS4 users to play the older generation games, as the PS4 is not a backward compatible device.

For more information on the PS4, see this article: Play PS3 Games with PS4?

With a paid subscription, you gain unlimited streaming access to PlayStation’s cloud library of games which currently holds over 700 titles. Users also have the option to download some (compatible PS2 and PS4) games.

Don’t own a PS4, but want to play some PlayStation titles?

You can also enjoy PlayStation Now on PC with a DualShock, or XInput-compatible, controller.

However, this service is limited to the PS4 console or a PC, and is for use only with PlayStation games.

NVIDIA

Still Looking for Beta Testers

GeForce NOW has been under development for years and you can still join for free during the beta period.

Just visit NVIDIA’s website and request access. (not sure how much longer this will be an option)

With any Mac or PC, supposedly even those that are underpowered, you can stream PC titles in high performance. There are over 400 supported games, including a lot of popular titles such as Fortnite and PUBG. You can play titles you own, titles you purchase, or titles from digital sources such as Steam.

So if you have a PC, Mac, laptop, or SHIELD TV, you can experience the “ultra streaming mode” with the GeForce NOW cloud service.


How Is Streaming About To Change?

Streaming Is About To Broaden Its Horizon By Infinite Miles

While prior streaming abilities have offered increased, yet limited, potential to gamers, the race is on to deliver a cloud service for gamers that will provide play of any game, at any time, from any smart device for one subscription fee.

Naturally, the big names who have already made mention of introducing such a service are those who already exist in the cloud; companies like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.

Let’s take a look at some of the info that’s been released. 

We’ll start with a couple of Official trailers:

Microsoft Project xCloud

Google Project Stream

Electronic Arts Project Atlas

EA has quite possibly introduced the most ambitious of streaming services.

It’s vision of future cloud gaming is a large one, touting the “most optimized development platform” for “seamless convergence” and the “lowest latency possible.”

Though little information has been released by EA, it’s been said that they have a team of over 1000 people working on the Atlas project, and have promised to deliver big things when this service rolls out… with no indication just yet as to when that may be.

Amazon

It should be of no surprise that Amazon has been working on a game streaming service. Is there anything that Amazon doesn’t do?

Amazon already owns the very popular streaming website Twitch. Though Twitch has been around for about 8 years, it has grown widely popular since Amazon’s acquisition in 2014, and with streamers such as “Ninja” providing gameplay on titles such as “Fortnite.”

Millions of viewers tune in every month to watch livestream action of not only video games, but also sports, music and other creative content.

So what are the genius minds of Amazon working on now?

They are working on providing a service that will offer subscription based cloud gaming, of course. Do you think that will be included in the Prime membership?

Verizon Gaming?

Rumor has it that Verizon has also been working (under the radar) on its own cloud based gaming service.

Just do a Google search for ‘Verizon Gaming’ and you’ll find articles and pictures of a test that’s apparently been quietly running behind the scenes. More information may be provided by the giant in February.

As for accessibility, I think its safe to say that this would be a convenient ‘add-on’ service for current Verizon customers, as Verizon already offers various packages for mobile talk, text, and data with the ability to stream tv, movies and sports.

Be aware, though, that this news seems to be in the early stages, with no realistic expected time frame for any available service.

What’s the Advantage of Increased Streaming Services?

  • Greater gaming mobility.
  • The ability to play any game, at any time, on any smart device.

And with all of these companies racing to deliver their version of service, competition will be fierce.

The Obvious Disadvantage?

Having to rely on network performance.

Geographically, network availability and speed varies greatly. Will there ever be a day when we don’t face the currently inevitable random loss of connection?

Freedom of game selection, without limitation of brand specific titles, and play mobility are a gamer’s dream. But are we able to rely on a cloud based service?

Will users be able to play without connection interruptions and failures?

What Does This Mean For Gaming Consoles?

Well, in all likeliness, at some point the consoles, such as Xbox and PS4 will fade out.

Don’t expect that anytime soon, though. Most people still can’t even get truly reliable mobile phone service. I don’t think we’re ready to go totally hardware free with our favorite games.

There’s a lot of work ahead for all of these companies to provide the quality of service that we’d expect!

 

 

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28 comments

  1. thank you for sharing this wonderful information about video streaming. i have always loved that of NETFLIX, but i did not have any idea that they were trying to provide a similar service for video games. thank you for putting this up!

    1. Hi Sandra!

      Your welcome! Be sure to stop back, as we’ll be adding information as progress is reported.

      Thanks so much for visiting our site, and for commenting here!

  2. This is actually quite an interesting article.  I actually work in this field and I’ve seen people not only streaming games, but streaming games using their phones as a hot spot which makes me wonder about the Verizon solution, because from the telecom perspective this is very capital intensive.

    Very interesting article indeed.

    Thanks.

    Carmen

    1. Hi Carmen!

      Great to see someone in the telecom field comment here! It will definitely be interesting to see these options and test them out when the services become available. Be sure to stop back for updates as we post them, and if you learn of something you think I should research and include here, send me an email! I’d be happy to review any related information.

      Thanks so much for visiting our website!

  3. Thank you for this great and highly informative post. This explained in detail what video game streaming is all about. Though I am familiar with movie or live events streaming I never knew that games can be conveniently streamed as well. I like the fact that it is user friendly and you can save memory space on your own devices. 

  4. I’m so glad that I happened upon your write up. I’m a huge fan of Netflix (Aren’t we all?) and I’m a beta tester for GeForce Now, but I had no idea that Amazon, Google, and Microsoft were working on game streaming services! That’s amazing news and I fully plan on checking those out.

    I hope you cover these as they develop because I’m stoked to see what’s next. 

  5. Hello Cris

    My son loves to watch “Ninja” and would like to do this game streaming. Any suggestions on how to get started? All he has is his phone and it is verizon so that is a plus. I will have to show your article to him. Great information. I am also interested in seeing what happens to the consoles. Thank you

    1. Hi Kari!

      Thanks for returning to our site, and for your question!

      All of the services in this article are in production, so not available yet to the public. We do plan to publish future posts following either the release of more information, or release of the service. So, stay tuned!  🙂

  6. Hi there!

    What an interesting article. I think that streaming became a proven concept a while back. This will go big in my opinion. It will be so convenient for gamers to just stream from anywhere. I agree that the inconvenient part is the network though. If you do not have a good internet connection you are doomed. However, when was the last time that you got somewhere and they didn’t offer free Wi-Fi? Another problem is that you might have to fight your internet provider even harder now on cost since they know that we cannot live without the internet lol. Oh well. Just so you know, I live in NYC & when I see the bogus fees on my internet bill, I just file a complaint to the city (311) and the city actually helps with it.

    1. Hi Nuttanee!

      Thank you for returning to our website, and for commenting here!

      It will be interesting to see how the services are offered; what type of plans are available, at what cost, etc. If it all works as intended, then possibly the consoles will fade out. I still don’t have quite that much faith in our ISP’s. As history would have it with my own experience, there’s some growth and improvement needed there yet!

  7. I have been aware of Nvidia having a streaming service for a while now. Im pretty sure Nvidia Grid was one of the first services to offer game streaming from the cloud.Thanks for sharing the link to their new beta service, just signed up for my spot and I didn’t even know they were making a new service. I think if consoles did fade out then we would all save a lot of money to spend on the streaming services because consoles seem to be going out of date quicker each time, and they are not getting cheaper! It would be interesting to see how these different services compete for AAA titles but I guess we will have to wait and see.

    1. Hi Mark!

      Thank you for commenting here, and sharing your experience!

      I agree! Who knows what the streaming plans will look like, or how much they will cost, but it can’t be as much as buying a console and all the games (especially if you play cross-platform!)

  8. Thank you for sharing your post on video game streaming sites. It is detailed. I’ts nice that the user doesn’t have to download or install anything, saving them storage space on their device. Regarding Amazon and Verizon, I think I saw something online talking about this. I just skipped past it at the time, but the next article I run across, I will read it. I’d be interested to hear any updates on this. Thanks  ~LeNard

    1. Hi LeNard,

      Thanks for commenting here!

      Yeah, it seems like streaming services is making a run for the market this year. Good timing, too, with new hardware and improved software set to release.

      You can be sure that we’ll have updates here. Visit our site again soon!

  9. I believe video game streaming will be a huge success. This is because, more users will be able to have access to the games, across various devices at the same time. Barring network issues, I do not see any real drawback to this revolution.

    Seeing the success Netflix and Spotify have made through streaming, I believe the same can be done for video games.

    1. Hi Louis! 

      Thanks for commenting here! You summed it up perfectly. It will be interesting to see the performance quality at the release of the services.

  10. Thanks for writing this article on top video game streaming sites. I really find it informative and educative on what to know about the newly developed services. I have been a lover of online game streaming for sometime now and I only make use of one of the sites you mentioned. I will look out for the other sites and look forward to making use of them.

    1. Hi, and thank you for commenting here! I’m glad you liked the article. Please stop back soon for updates on the releases!

  11. I absolutely love what I read in this article. Great information. It is fascinating and interesting to me that video games could be streamed liked movies. Until I stumbled on this post, all I knew of was live game streaming. It would be cool if everyone could play with any device from anywhere they want. Thanks for this info!

    1. Hi, and thanks for commenting here!

      Yes, it is the dream! Freedom to play anywhere, on any device! I believe it will eventually happen that all consoles will be retro devices, replaced by game streaming everywhere, but I don’t know that it will be soon. I’m not so confident in the performance, but we’ll soon find out!

  12. I totally agree with you that video game consoles will disappear in the near future. However, right now I prefer to download my own favorite game – such is Assassin’s Creed – to my PC and play it. Countries like mine (Egypt) have limited bandwidth, and for me to test AC on Google Project Stream was a nightmare, and it didn’t give the satisfaction. It actually almost ruined the game for me! So, until the internet is free and through satellites, I will stick to my powerful PC and download the full game. 

    1. Hi, and thank you for your comment!

      You are absolutely right on about power, and connection. While I’m super intrigued to see what services release, and excited to test the performance, I don’t have a lot of confidence in reliability and power to stream some games. I am hopeful though! It will be amazing if the service meets expectations. Please stop back soon for updates!

  13. I am a chess game enthusiast. Although, I have those I play with around, I am not always in the mood to leave the house to go play with them, so I adopted the habit of playing with myself. 

    But someone introduced me to an online game streaming platform. And it has been simply incredible! I get to play round the clock, if I so wish. I have even ranked as top 3 in the whole world. 

    I love game streaming, it’s simply amazing! 

    1. Hi, and thanks for commenting here!

      We like chess at our house, too. We don’t stream play it, nor would I be anywhere near third in the world! Congrats on that, and thanks for sharing your story!

  14. A Video game streaming site? That’s awesome to know. It is such a sweet technology to stream video game transmitted from its source to the user without having to download. Wow! I didn’t even know that Sony’s PlayStation already has a subscription cloud-based service. That’s so awesome. Cloud-based gaming service is one of the sweetest things that is happening to the world of video games. Thank you for this info.

    1. Hi, and thank you for your comment!

      Yes, streaming is a wonderful idea! I just hope that the service is as awesome as the concept. Time will shortly tell! Please stop back soon for updates!

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