Cloud streaming has advantages for gaming, as we’ve seen with Google Stadia, but it’s not about high-end, graphically demanding titles. Sometimes, it’s about making the game easier. Today, “Plex Arcade” is debuting as a way to stream classic video games for Android and Android TV devices, Chrome, and more.
Plex got it as a start to stream things like music, movies, and television shows from his home computer or server. With the announcement of Plex Arcade, the streaming server app is expanding into another major form of media: video games – particularly retro games.
Like Stadia, GeForce Now, and other game streaming services, the idea behind Plex Arcade is to stream games from a Plex server in a remote location – or in your home – back to your device. The underlying technology comes from Parsec – a free remote gaming application – that makes it possible for the low latency stream required for playable games.
For now, Plex Arcade allows you to stream games from just a dozen consoles, with emulation aspects handled by the open source LibRetro project. Out of the box, included with your membership, you also gain access to a small library of classic Atari games.
- Attic 2600
- Attic 5200
- Attic 7800
- Sega Genesis / 32X
- Sega Sports Gear
- Sega Master System
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
- Super Nintendo (SNES)
- Nintendo 64
- Nintendo Game Boy Color
- Nintendo Game Boy Advance
- Arcade (Games)
Plex Arcade comes with some other restrictions. For one, the server hosting your game must be Windows or MacOS-based and have a Parske compatible graphics card. People hosting Plex from a Linux machine, NAS or Nvidia Shield TV will not be able to host the game right now.
In addition, the gameplay is also limited to Android, iOS, Chrome, Apple TV and Android / Google TV. Likewise, there is no guarantee which controllers will or will not work, Plex recommends that you use a DualShock 4 or Xbox controller.
If you’ve got all the right hardware, the Plex Arcade is available at $ 4.99 per month and comes with a one-week free trial of the service.
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