Even Walmart Wants To Make A Game Streaming Service Now

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form It seems like it took at least a few years before every company with content to watch decided to challenge Netflix with its own streaming TV service, leading to our current world where the streaming wars have just tricked cord cutters into falling for the cable model again. But there arguably hasn’t even been one video game streaming service worth caring about yet and still we see battle lines being drawn.The biggest news from GDC was Google’s Stadia, a new platform to stream the biggest games from Google’s powerful data centers on any device you own with an online Chrome connection. Microsoft also reassured developers that it is working on a similar service with XCloud. But now according to USGamer another big new challenger is potentially looking to get into the game streaming game: Walmart.Considering the report is only backed up by anonymous sources, there aren’t many concrete details here beyond “Walmart wants to make a game streaming service.” But USGamer points out facts like Walmart’s Area 71 data center and abandoned plans for a Netflix competitor as proof the retail giant has been considering a move like this for a while.And it does make sense. As a huge brick-and-mortar store Walmart would definitely take a hit if consumers stopped buying physical video games and just streamed them instead. So if you can’t beat them, join them, and join them quickly while there’s still time for a frontrunner to emerge in this new space.That said, as skeptical as we are about Google’s data-harvesting hands controlling the future of video games through streaming, Walmart isn’t that much better. The ubiquity of the “family friendly” chain has basically killed any real market for Adults Only games. And its “low prices” historically come from undercutting and destroying smaller competitors while also underpaying employees.Still, more competition in the upcoming video game streaming wars is a good thing. Google, Microsoft, or Walmart can’t be a monopoly if they are all fighting each other. And it took months of Google rumors before Stadia became a thing so who knows if and when Walmart’s game streaming dreams might become a reality.For more on Walmart’s potentially creepy tech ambitions here’s their robot fry cook Flippy and check out this patent for a Walmart shopping cart that checks your pulse.last_img read more