Amazon is looking into its own gaming service: report

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Amazon is looking into its own gaming service: report
As per a report in The Information on Thursday, the e-commerce giant is looking to develop a service that will let you play games streamed online.

Citing two people familiar with the plans, the report noted Amazon is talking to publishers about potential titles for the service, but it won’t be ready for launch until next year.

This isn’t game streaming like say, Twitch. What Amazon is reportedly aiming for is a service which allows you to play video games without needing to download them.

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.

Following up on the rumour, The Verge spotted two job openings listed by Amazon for engineers in Seattle, both specifying they’d be working on “Cloud Games.”

A third listing is looking for a “Lead Cross Platform Game Engineer,” described as a “rare opportunity … to shape the foundation of an unannounced AAA games business.” A fourth listing is after an AI Engineer, to work on a “never before seen kind of game.”

Mashable has reached out to Amazon for further information.

If the service does eventuate, Amazon will be far from alone in this space. There’s Google’s Project Stream, which saw the company team up with Ubisoft to stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to Chrome browsers.

Then there’s Sony’s PlayStation Now, which launched in 2014 and has about 650 titles on offer.

Microsoft is also working on its own service, dubbed Project xCloud. There’s also Nvidia’s GeForce Now, which allows gamers to play titles on PC, Mac, or its Shield streaming box.

Based on the chatter at E3 in 2018, a streaming future is something that tech companies are betting big on, but there’s a significant hurdle in the need for massive processing power for these games.

Amazon, which has long dominated the cloud computing market with Amazon Web Services, seems poised with the infrastructure to also rule the roost in the game streaming space.