Microsoft And EA Are Launching Their Own Streaming Services

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Microsoft and EA both have plans to allow users to stream games to their smartphones and other devices.

Microsoft and EA Streaming Services
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It seems like streamed gaming is this year’s trend. Both Microsoft and EA have confirmed that they are working on their own streaming services.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson introduced the plan at its EA Play press event on Saturday. According to Wilson, the company is working on a way for gamers to stream its library of games onto smartphones, tablets and low-end PCs. It’s highly possible that the service will be tied to the Origin Access subscription.

The company showcased the streaming service at the event but clarified that its not ready to launch.

EA acquired cloud gaming company GameFly for an undisclosed amount last month. The latter developed technology to stream PC games to Samsung and LG smart TVs as well as Amazon Fire TV devices. It just makes sense for EA to make use of GameFly for its own upcoming streaming service.

On Sunday, Xbox maker Microsoft followed suit and announced its own streaming service as well. Similar to EA, the cloud gaming service might be accessed through its Xbox Game Pass.

“Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device. We are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play — your Xbox, your PC and your phone.”

Neither of the companies were the first to try bringing cloud gaming to devices but none have been quite successful. However, with the 5G network coming soon, these two might just be able to pull it off.

Both companies did not provide further details including availability and pricing for the streaming service. That means we have to be on our toes for more news. Are you excited?