2019 is the year of the streaming game … or at least the beginning of it. NVIDIA has done its part with GeForce Now for a while, Google started trying Project Stream last year, and now Verizon wants to go into action.
As reported by The Verge at the end of last week, Verizon has "silently tested" its own gaming service. Interestingly, the company uses NVIDIA SHIELD ̵1; probably one of the best streaming boxes you can buy – for its internal testing. The report also suggests that the service will come to all Android devices eventually.
The service, which is uninterestingly called Verizon Gaming during the test phase, is quietly sown to testers who receive a SHIELD, Xbox controller and access to the alphabet. They also get a $ 150 Amazon gift card for testing. It's pretty neat game on good hardware is something that most players would do for free.
However, what is most interesting about the service is the current title choice. Verge notes that games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 are already listed on the service; The former is an exclusive PlayStation title, while the latter is not available on the computer. It seems quite possible that Verizon aims to position this as a platform service, which would make this their first stroke.
It is also worth noting that these titles are not yet playable and can simply be placeholders at the moment. In an internal mail received by The Verge, the team working with Gaming said that "the trial is mainly focused on performance" and that they "work with the engine and its parts". Of course, it is unclear what really means for a directory, but if the company could find a way to work with different platforms, it could be a literal switch.
The big question of many users' minds is why -Why would Verizon want a cloud service. The answer is simple: 5G. This will be the next big thing for all operators this year (but still not so useful until 2020) and what better to show the speed and low latency of next generation networks than anything that normally only requires the best internet connections?
It is unclear how much Verizon charges for the service, if it will be available on non-Verizon entities (likely) or how users can sign up to participate in beta.
] via The Verge