U.S. Cables Companies Preparing to Allow Game Streaming

With the ample number of streaming services that consoles now offer (particularly the entertainment-powerhouse Xbox 360), cable boxes are uncomfortably in danger of being replaced.

However, cable companies have finally rolled out their answer to such streaming services: streaming videogames… and it's oddly appropriate.

U.S. cable providers Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon are all currently attempting a push to offer streaming games directly from cable boxes, which are set to go on trial sometime in 2013.

And make no mistake: these games won't be casual experiences like Angry Birds. The trio of cable providers wants to offer full-blown triple-A affairs, though controllers for these games are still up in the air. The cable companies are said to be debating using smartphones as controllers, but it seems more likely that they'll offer a physical gamepad.

Details on the streaming service are still scant. Nothing has been said in terms of pricing or plans, but such a streaming service isn't something easily blown off. Cable providers already have the infrastructure of a cable box in place and the capital to pull such a streaming service off to rival consoles.

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  • bison88
    Call me when they quit with the bullshit bandwidth caps. Then we can continue the possibilities of streaming and "future gaming".
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  • anxiousinfusion
    I'll keep my game processing local, thank you.
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  • gerchokas
    How about streaming educational software? For kids and adults alike? TV is such crap nowadays it needs less "entertainment" (read: diversion) and more curiosity-inspiring programs. Even current "educational" channels are filled with realities and science fiction.
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  • dudemcduderson
    Wake me up when we can do this with 3 monitor 2560x1440. Seriously though I have played streaming games already at what they call 720p but it looks like complete cabbage (even for 720).
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  • gerchokas
    How about streaming educational software? For kids and adults alike? TV is such crap nowadays it needs less "entertainment" (read: diversion) and more curiosity-inspiring programs. Even current "educational" channels are filled with realities and science fiction.
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  • A Bad Day
    Call me when they bring latency and packet loss down to acceptable levels. The only time I can play multiplayer games is when nobody else is using the '20 Mb/s down 8 Mb/s up' broadband.
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