Plex, known to be a service to stream movies, music and TV shows from your PC, now adds another thing you can stream: video games (Across protocol). Plex announced a new service called Plex Arcade, On her blog And also Launch her website. The service will cost $ 3 a month if you are a Plex Pass subscriber, and $ 5 a month if you don’t.
Instead of focusing on console or modern mobile games like its competitors, Plex lets you play Atari games. It takes the arcade name very seriously, as you can play arcade classics from Atari, like centipedeAnd the Super AndrekAnd and Missile Command, As well as games from Atari 2600 and 7800. In all, there are 27 games available in the service.
Unlike other gaming subscription services where you can simply subscribe from your console and start playing, Plex Arcade has some requirements. The first is Plex Media Server running on a Windows or macOS computer. No Linux support because Plex uses Parsec to broadcast gameplay.
This means that you will have to register for a Parsec account, if you do not already have one, and log into it on Plex. There is more freedom when it comes to what you can stream games to, as Android devices and TVs are supported, as well as Apple’s Google Chrome, iOS and tvOS. Plex says you can play with „any Bluetooth controller.“
The service also supports adding your emulators and ROMs, which is great, but overall it’s a bit tricky selling. Even at the Plex Pass price of $ 3 per month, you are paying a lot for games that can, at this point, mainly run on the microwave. To be fair, it does let you play it on something like iPhone or Apple TV, but the games are readily available on Android and PC.
If you’re interested in playing it for nostalgic purposes, it might be worth a try, but you might want to make some time for it – setting it up was a frustrating exercise for me, and I’ve never actually been able to successfully play a game. (IOS and tvOS clients have stuck in a downloader, and keyboard controls don’t seem to do anything when trying to play on Chrome.)
If you want to try it out for yourself, there is a free seven-day trial, although you will have to put in a credit card or link to your PayPal. This is mostly a skunk-type project, Blux says, as he said in the blog post, „[i]If there is interest and we see some submarines, you will grow into the glorified cyclist we know he can be. But if you drop the ball, it will die on the vine like a donkey Jumba. Cruel.
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