Streaming video games is the new frontier and one company is looking to get in on the action not by streaming new games, but old ones. Antstream is currently on Kickstarter looking to fund its retro games streaming service, and the company already has a lot of officially-licensed games to build its library.
Antstream is a new British service looking to stream retro games to your PC, Xbox, and mobile device all through the cloud. The service boasts how there will be no need to download any of the games on its service to play. You'll just need an app and an account, and you can play any of its hundreds of retro games anywhere.
That sounds impressive, but I can't imagine most retro games are bigger than 30mb. Convenience is convenience I suppose.
Antstream is currently looking to raise $65,000 and is already nearly halfway there after a single day of crowdsourcing. Backers who pledge ~$37 USD (prices converted from GBP) will get 6 months of Antstream starting in August, while pledging about $52 US will get you a full year's worth of Antstream.
And what comes with Antstream? The company says it already has a library's worth of officially-licensed games, with more games added regularly. At launch, Antstream will have 400 games including Double Dragon, Metal Slug, and Fatal Fury: King of Fighters. Antstream says it has secured the rights to over 2,000 games. You can see a list of Antstream games here.
A retro subscription service could potentially be quite popular considering Nintendo offers a similar service with its Nintendo Switch Online membership. Only Nintendo's program is just for NES games, and it requires players to download the games.
There's no release date or pricing details for Antstream other than the Kickstarter prices. It's unclear if those will change when Antstream officially launches to non-Kickstarter customers.