29 January 2019
It is a new day, a new report, and a new tech giant working on its own game streaming service. This new report is coming from The Verge which mentions that Verizon Wireless is the newest player in the market interested in capturing the game streaming market. Its service is said to be already in testing phase with a few select users in the United States. The early stages of testing are expected to get completed by January-end.
The report mentions that the service is named as Verizon Gaming and is currently under alpha testing phase. It is kind of secret testing as the company has not made any public announcements regarding the same. All the selected testers were provided with an NVIDIA Shield, an Xbox One controller, and login details for accessing the service. Each of the Shield units comes with the Verizon Gaming app pre-installed but the company also has plans of expanding it to Android devices via Google Play Store. After the completion of the testing, these testers are promised to receive $150 Amazon gift cards.
Verizon's game streaming service is currently home to more than 135 games. The leaked screenshots show many of the widely popular PC and console titles like FIFA, God of War, Fortnite, Battlefield, Destiny 2, GTA V, and Detroit. But there is a good possibility that these are just placeholders for the moment. It also seems like the service will offer personalized recommendations as well as the ability to search for titles on the basis of criteria like genre, featured, and "free to me".
It is mentioned that Verizon's current focus is on getting the basics of game streaming service right instead of thinking about what titles to offer. It means the team is currently working on getting the fundamentals correct which includes improving the efficiency and reducing the lag to as minimum as possible. This does make sense considering that unless the games are streaming smoothly, no one would actually care if Verizon has the most popular title in the library or not.
There are also speculations that Verizon Gaming will also be optimized for working smoothly on Verizon 5G connectivity. This will allow the team to offer a great gaming experience even on the go and eventually attract more users to the network. It has already started seeking talents for various job profiles related to taking care of gaming on 5G network.
All-in-all, the game streaming industry is already looking quite competitive. We have been hearing about the likes of Google, Sony, and Microsoft working on their respective projects. Just last weekend, we reported about Amazon's plans regarding its own game streaming service. And now, we have Verizon in the mix as well. It would not be surprising if we end up seeing a few more players trying their hands as well.