Amazon is looking into joining the ranks of game streaming platforms like Microsoft and Google. Sources close to Amazon state that the company is currently developing its own game streaming service and is in talks with games publishers in order to distribute various established titles through this service, but it isn’t likely to be launched until 2020 at the earliest.
The service will be similar to what Microsoft and Google are currently building with Project xCloud and Project Stream, respectively. This service looks to eliminate the need for expensive hardware to run graphically taxing games. Instead, like its competitors, the games would be run inside powerful data centers and streamed to various devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and more.
Last year, Amazon launched a cloud-based tool called GameOn, which was meant to aid developers in adding leaderboards, prizes, and other features to their games. It’s possible the retail giant’s games division could be using this very service as a cornerstone of its potential streaming service.