Plex, a software company for streaming movies, music and TV series from a PC, has added the ability to stream video games. Plex announced the launch of a new service called Plex Arcade on its blog and also launched a dedicated website for it . The service costs $ 3 per month for Plex Pass subscribers, and $ 5 per month for the rest.
Plex Arcade lets you play projects for Atari. A total of 27 games are available for the Atari 2600 and 7800, including classics such as Centipede, Super Breakout and Missile Command.
Unlike other subscription services where it’s easy to sign up and play, Plex Arcade has several requirements. The first is the presence of a Plex media server running on a computer running Windows or macOS. There is no Linux support yet because Plex uses Parsec to stream gameplay.
Also, you need to register for a Parsec account, if you don’t have one, and log in with Plex. You can stream games to Android devices and TVs, as well as Google Chrome, iOS and tvOS from Apple. Plex claims to be playable with just about any Bluetooth controller.
The service also supports adding your own emulators and games – which is nice, but overall, Plex Arcade is unlikely to be of interest to many. Even $ 3 a month through the Plex Pass is too much for games that can run on a fridge today. And emulators are quite available on iPhone, Android and PC.
Sure, one might want to indulge in nostalgia, but the customization process can be frustrating for many. In addition, it is reported that while there are technical problems with the broadcast, so even after all the manipulations, you may not start the game. There is a free 7-day trial, but you need to enter your credit card information or link your PayPal to access it. Plex admits that the project is still experimental, and if it does not interest enough people, it will be phased out.