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GameStop testing console game streaming service

Friday, 19th August 2011 11:25 GMT By Stace Harman

A new cloud gaming consumer service, streaming 360 and PS3 games, is expected next year. A closed beta will start by end of 2011.


US specialist-retail giant, GameStop, is currently involved in beta testing the streaming of PS3 and 360 games, GamesIndustry reports. The roll-out of a consumer service is intended for mid-2012.

GameStop bought Spawn Labs earlier this year, facilitating a cloud gaming service and promising “a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any internet-enabled device.”

The company revealed that as well as working on the streaming of PC games it’s also working with publishers to offer console games to both smart devices and dedicated hardware via the Spawn software client.

“Spawn recently began its first beta and is currently live, testing the streaming of Xbox 360, PS3 and PC games from a data centre in Austin, Texas,” revealed GameStop president Tony Bartel.

A closed beta will begin by the end of the year, with full roll-out expected in the months following.

The service would put GameStop in competition with Gaikai and OnLive in the US, with the latter service making its way to the UK next month.

Speaking of the company’s ambitions, Bartel said

“There’s a whole cadre of services that GameStop can offer far beyond just Spawn. The beauty of Spawn is it can take a very large assortment of games. There’s really no restriction versus an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game.

“We’re also experimenting with PC game delivery as well, but we can take that to any Internet-connected device including TV. So clearly, it’s part of our acquisition forethought. We anticipated being involved in smart TVs as well.”

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  1. OlderGamer

    I am far more interested in what Gamefly is doing in the next couple of months.

    I am guessing all gamestop will want to do is gaikia crap, stream you a timed demo and have you pay full price to play the rest. Per game as well, prolly.

    What I want are current console/PC games(as well as classic ones) streamed to my home for one low affordable price on a monthly sub fee. Yes OnLive does this, but the problem with them is there game selection. 70+ games sounds impressive, until you see the list.

    Thats why I am interested in what Gamefly might do. I am hoping for one monthly fee, and unlimited streaming of current generation games. I am expecting a service plan that allows both games in the mail and streaming.

    People need to stop trying to reinvent the wheel here, just look at Netflix, and do that. Even with the new Netflix pricing, I can get two dvds(unlimited swaps) in the mail, plus unlimited streaming. All for under 20usd. It just works. If Gamefly could offer a service like that for less then 35usd/month, they would expose stuff like Gaikia for what it is – an attempt to gouge gamers.

    I am hoping Gamestop goes more like a netflix, but hey its gamestop – expect to be gouged.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    “Thats why I am interested in what Gamefly might do. I am hoping for one monthly fee, and unlimited streaming of current generation games. I am expecting a service plan that allows both games in the mail and streaming.”

    Guarantee you it will be a crappy selection the reason why Onlive has a crappy selection is because of publishers not wanting to jump on board and plus EA is investing in Galkai so why would they support a competitor?
    SO I wouldn’t hold my breath with Gamefly. THey don’t earn enough to turn the tides and publishers won’t want to get on board. They aren’t doing streaming it will be through downloads.

    #2 3 years ago