There's no shortage of game streaming services these days. Steam, Parsec, PS Now, Project Stream, Project xCloud, NVIDIA GameStream…. the list is endless, and now it looks like Amazon is ready to jump into this already oversaturated market too, with their own game streaming service.
While Amazon has said nothing official as of yet, rumours abound from several sources that the online retail giant is already in talks with several publishers, and there's even talk of a view to release as soon as 2020.
Now the real question is, do we need yet another streaming service? I find Parsec to be the best solution, not least because I can use it with my own hardware, not just because it's mostly stable and reliable - but there's one thing all these solutions will struggle with - bandwidth. It's great if you have a stonking fibre connection like me (and even then, there's compression), but if you're rural or simply can't get decent internet speeds, then it's a bit of a non-starter for the majority of users.
Like all technologies, there's further enhancements and improvements to be made which will make these services more reliable and less bandwidth intensive, but will it replace true gaming hardware in the home?
For PC gamers, I doubt it. There's something intrinsically enjoyable about picking your hardware, installing it, taking care of it, and overclocking it. It's all part of the fun. I would never want that taken away from me.
As for consoles? Well, time will tell, but until broadband catches up and the technology develops, it seems there's a lot of players in what is currently a pretty niche market.
What do you guys think? Let us know below!