A New Challenger Appears
Verizon is the biggest cell phone carrier in the United States. They provide service for almost 100% of the States. Basically, they cover a vast amount of North America and quite a bit of coverage around the world. They reach a lot of people, and with that kind of range, they knew they could capitalize on that. Verizon started quietly testing a streaming service for games called Verizon Gaming. The idea behind the service is that players won’t have to spend money on expensive hardware like a console or a PC for a quality gaming experience.
Verizon Gaming is currently being tested on the Nvidia Shield with Xbox One controllers. Images of the service have leaked, revealing various titles on board with the program. A lot of really big names are included such as Destiny 2, GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Monster Hunter: World, just to name a few. Testers have been given a complimentary Nvidia Shield and Xbox One controller. Performance has been a bit of an issue, according to testers, but Verizon is currently focusing on getting it working on a basic level; proof of concept. At the end of this testing phase, which will be the end of January, Verizon will begin looking at expanding their library of games. The images have come exclusively from The Verge.
Verizon is the latest company in the tech industry to try their hand at the whole video game thing. Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are all working on their version of video game streaming. What Verizon is doing is not exactly unique. Verizon does have an edge, however. The network of home and mobile services they already have is a perfect delivery system. With their 5G network, streaming their games will no problem.
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