Palo Alto, Calif. - April 30, 2014 - Playcast Media, the cloud gaming market leader, is ramping up its US and global footprint by announcing a new beta program that will stream video game titles through OUYA boxes. The Playcast beta trial, which leverages the powerful Amazon AWS infrastructure, is available immediately free of charge to OUYA owners around the world.
"Playcast bridges the visual computation and content gap between Ouya and the consoles," said Guy de Beer, CEO of Playcast Media. "In this beta, we will be employing for the first time the power of a public cloud system, and a set of technologies that is set to overcome the limitations of streaming over the open Internet. Initial results have been very encouraging, and we hope to expand the program soon."
Playcast Media's will begin its trial with a small set of games, and will expand it to the company's full library of AAA titles in the coming weeks. OUYA owners will be able to access the beta through an app that will appear on their TV, and will be able to play the titles with their OUYA controllers. A final launch date and price for the final service has not yet been set.
Playcast Media is the world's first cloud gaming service for cable and IPTV operators. The company's service features the world's major video game brands and packages them in a set of affordable sales models, including monthly subscriptions and various rental models. The game streaming service is offered to users through devices such as set top boxes, microconsoles and other video-enabled connected devices. Playcast's system has been in commercial operation since 2011, serving hundreds of thousands of TV subscribers in France, Portugal and Korea. The Ouya trial is the first time the company's service is available for gamers in North America.
Playcast video game partners include renowned publishers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Konami, Warner Bros, 2K, Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Capcom, Codemasters, Disney, Sega, Atari, THQ, and a long list of indie studios.