Streaming might be the future of gaming but right now, there are still a lot of missing pieces of the puzzle to make it work (as we all know from the fall out of on-live). However, there may actually be a perfect use case for it right now. At least that is what the new Antstream game streaming service is banking on. Instead of streaming popular and recent titles in 4k with 60fps, Antstream will instead choose to provide access to over a thousand games you can no longer buy or play. That is, those long “out of print” retro games.
While game streaming may have its benefits, it is largely dependent on the Internet connection which, in turn, can be ruined by the ISP or by the amount of data that has to be transferred quickly. But what if the game is so light that it doesn’t require that much bandwidth anyway? That’s exactly the case for very old games that came in cartridges and floppy disks, which is also exactly why Antstream’s plan might actually work.
Of course, that will depend on whether there’s actually a market for such retro games. Antstream claims that they have over 1,000+ fully licensed titles and are adding more each week. The website teases a few of the more popular titles you may or may not know about, like Fatal Fury (which gave way to King of Fighters), Speedball, Joe & Mac, Gods, and more. The only way you’d get your hands on these, if you don’t own the originals, would be through questionably-acquired ROMs and emulators.
Antstream wants to remove the need for that and add a bit of modern gaming culture on top. Yes, that means leaderboards and multiplayer challenges, both asynchronous and, in the future, real-time. The service will be initially available on Windows PCs and Android tablets. Ironically, it doesn’t include phones yet.
There is no word yet on when Antstream will fully launch and how much the subscription will cost. Presuming it is a legit business, it could become a way for old publishers to still get a buck or two out of an old and nearly extinct game.
Website : Antstream