Microsoft to release TV apps and its own streaming device for Xbox cloud gaming

There have been rumors of Microsoft releasing its own hardware for cloud gaming through its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service for many years but now it’s actually happening. The company announced that it is building a standalone streaming device that can be plugged into a TV for xCloud gaming. It also announced that TV apps for xCloud, which currently only supports mobile devices, are coming soon. Read more ›

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GameFly & Playcast bring Streaming Games to the Fire TV

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If you’ve been following AFTVnews for a while, you may remember when Playcast Media began beta testing their new cloud gaming service on the Amazon Fire TV nearly a year ago. It was a big deal and reviewing the service proved it to be a very enjoyable experience. Playcast has now merged with GameFly, the video game rental company, to officially launch GameFly Streaming exclusively on the Fire TV. The service promises to “bring high end PC and console games directly to your Fire TV.” Cloud gaming works by running games remotely on high end servers and streaming the game’s video to your Fire TV. Your Fire TV then sends your controller input back to the server running the game. The back-and-forth transmission of controller input and video stream happens in a fraction of a second in order to make you feel like you’re playing the game locally. Read more ›

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Amazon Enters the Cloud Gaming Business with Latest Game Release

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Amazon Game Studios has just released The Unmaking and, in doing so, has entered the cloud gaming business. The game, which for now is only compatible with Amazon’s three latest Fire tablets, renders much of itself on Amazon’s cloud servers in order to create action sequences involving thousands of enemies and destructive environments. A feat which is difficult to accomplish by the latest gaming consoles and impossible on mobile platforms. The release is being dubbed a preview and is available through January 31st 2015.

It’s unfortunate the game, for the time being, isn’t available on the Fire TV since the Fire TV has proven itself a very capable cloud gaming console. Playcast, a cloud gaming service, launched their open trial for the Fire TV in July. The service performs great and uses Amazon’s servers as their backend. With the caveat of a fast internet connection that cloud gaming requires, it makes sense for Amazon to bring this type of gaming to the Fire TV which is likely to be connected to a fast home internet connection.

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Playcast Beta Review: Cloud Gaming on the Fire TV

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Yesterday, Playcast Media announced the start of their Cloud Gaming beta trial for the Fire TV. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, cloud gaming allows you to a use a graphically weak device like the Fire TV to play high-end video games remotely running on a server. The advantage of cloud gaming over traditional local gaming is the ability to play games on inexpensive hardware that would normally require expensive dedicated game consoles like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Read on for an explanation of the service, what is offered, and my initial impressions. Read more ›

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Playcast Media opens Beta Signup for Fire TV Cloud Gaming

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Playcast Media has developed a Fire TV app for their cloud gaming service. The app starts public beta today. The service allows you to play high-end video games on the Fire TV which would normally be too computationally intensive for the Fire TV’s processor. Instead of running the games locally on the Fire TV, the games run on Playcast’s servers which stream the game’s video to your device. You can sign up for the beta trial here.

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