Over the next few years gamers will be hearing a lot about the power of the cloud and how cloud-streaming services can deliver unique experiences to different types of platforms. Both Sony and Microsoft are utilizing the cloud in their next-gen consoles, and now it appears Amazon is looking to get in on the action.
At the re:Invent Developer Conference, the popular online retailer revealed Amazon AppStream, a new service that will allow developers to stream apps directly to mobile platforms using the cloud. Users would then be able to interact with the app either through a touch screen input or through a secondary device (i.e. controller, keyboard, mouse).
With AppStream, Amazon revealed that developers will be able to “build high-fidelity, graphically rich applications that run on a wide variety of devices, start instantly, and have access to all of the compute and storage resources of the Amazon Web Services Cloud.” Some of the ways developers can make great use of the cloud include streaming interactive HD video or using the cloud for computationally intensive parts of an app. A limited preview of AppStream will begin soon, with applications being accepted as we speak.
Although the tech behind AppStream was explained in further detail at the event, the main takeaway is its potential. Amazon has been rumored for quite some time to be interested in some form of gaming experience, and AppStream could be their first step towards that goal.
That being said, we don’t know how exactly Amazon plans to use AppStream, only that they will offer the power of the cloud to developers and let them dictate the types of services that will be available to users. Moreover, the AppStream service is said to deploy a pay-as-you-go pricing structure, which wasn’t fully explained at the event.
For now, AppStream is just an announcement, but one that could have big implications for mobile, and even desktop gaming, in the future. As was mentioned, many developers will be using the cloud for various services, but cloud gaming seems to be a big buzzword as of late. While Microsoft and Sony might be using the cloud to help stream older games from previous generations, Amazon is presumably going a different direction.
How would you like to see Amazon use AppStream? Where to think the power of the cloud will do for gaming?