Leaked reports have shown that Verizon is currently testing a Netflix-like cloud gaming service. The home and mobile internet giant is supposedly looking to get in early in the game streaming business. The company has named this service ‘Verizon Gaming’ and is reportedly alpha testing it at the moment. Officially, however, Verizon is yet to announce Verizon Gaming or even admit that it is under works.
According to reports by The Verge, Verizon Gaming is already tested and running on Nvidia’s set-top box, the Shield TV. And the company eventually plans of bringing this service to Android phones. Verizon will be testing an Android version of the service later this month. It is reported that so far there are already over 135 games listed on Verizon Gaming. The app for the service will come pre-installed on all Nvidia Shield devices.
On both platforms, Android and Shield, users will reportedly have to use a paired Xbox One controller to play the games. Verizon has secretly been recruiting gamers to test the service. All testers were given a free Nvidia Shield, an Xbox One controller and a free account for the test. Leaked screenshots also show that the testers are entitled to a $150 gift card from Amazon upon completion of the test. These tests will be concluded by the end of the month.
Netflix-like Interface & The Impressive List of Games
Leaked screenshots clearly showed Verizon Gaming’s Netflix-like interface. It also showed some high profile games in the list, including the likes of God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto 5, Battlefield V, Destiny 2 and Fortnite. This list, however, cannot be confirmed yet since it is likely that they could just be placeholders. But what a list that would be! Some of these games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 haven’t yet been ported to PC. So if Verizon does plan on having these games on its list, that would be quite an appeal.
A leaked email from the Verizon Gaming team to its testers sheds some light on this issue. Here’s an excerpt:
“This trial is primarily focused on performance. At a later date, when we advance the product, our library will consist of most or all of the top games you are familiar with — but at this early stage we’re working on the engine and its parts.”
A member of the Verizon Gaming team also reportedly responded to this issue on a feedback forum made for the testers. The employee noted that there were still a lot of placeholders throughout the app and not everything had been finalized.
Cloud Gaming Services: The Race
Cloud gaming has been anticipated for a long time now and seems particularly relevant today. Many users now have access to high-speed internet and multiple devices and platforms that are connected to it. And Verizon isn’t the only company around that’s looking to make a profit off of this.
Big companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon are known to be working on their own cloud gaming services. Microsoft, which is already a huge force in the gaming world, is working on what it calls Project xCloud. Google is reportedly testing its own service, Project Stream. And Amazon could be a huge player in this competition. It was reported just earlier this week that Amazon could be working on its own cloud streaming service, based on a job posting.
None of these companies have been particularly vocal about these projects. Some, like Amazon and Verizon have been downright quiet. Still, it’s certain we will all be gaming in the cloud soon, period. It’s just a matter of how soon.