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 ›
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 ›
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.