There are multiple ways to stream high-end games to your Android device. There's NVIDIA's GRID,
OnLive (edit: Oh, right, Sony bought OnLive), and something thrown together by a guy on the XDA Developers forum. Maybe you want more options. Well, if you own an Amazon Fire TV, you can now add GameFly to this list.
The GameFly streaming service derives from the company's acquisition of Playcast. A look at the latter's website gives you an idea of what you can expect from the experience, as the interface matches the one Amazon has shown off alongside the GameFly Streaming app already uploaded to its app store.
To get started, you're going to need Amazon's $40 Fire game controller. Each title will work with the gamepad, and they run on both the Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The service is launching as an exclusive for Fire TV devices. Other set-top boxes are not invited to play.
GameFly's service lets players purchase games in packs that start at $7 a month. Six bundles are available at launch, including one based on LEGO. The library of 40 titles includes Darksiders II and the Arkham series. You're not getting the most current crop of games here, but they're better than most of what you can find in the Play Store.
Amazon Adds over 600 Channels, Apps and Games to Fire TV Devices in 3 Months
Amazon Fire TV—now offering over 1,600 titles—has the fastest growing selection of any streaming media device
GameFly streaming service is now available exclusively for streaming media devices on Amazon Fire TV
Popular new titles include Popcornflix, Funny Or Die, Fox News and Candy Crush Saga
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 2, 2015-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Fire TV has the fastest growing selection of any streaming media device—in just the last 3 months, Amazon has added over 600 channels, apps and games to the Amazon Fire TV platform—more than Roku and Apple TV in the same timeframe. Popular new titles include Popcornflix, Funny Or Die, Candy Crush Saga, and Fox News.
In addition to these new titles, the GameFly streaming service is now available exclusively for streaming media devices on Amazon Fire TV. Using the GameFly service, customers can play top quality PC titles, including Warner Brothers’ acclaimed Batman series, Darksiders II, and Dirt 3. Game packs start at $6.99 a month and at launch customers can choose from six gaming packs. Customers can use the GameFly service with the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller, which is available for $39.99.
“The team is working hard and moving incredibly fast to bring even more movies, TV shows, live TV, sports, music, channels, apps and games to the Amazon Fire TV platform every week—and it shows. Amazon Fire TV selection has grown 127% in just the last 6 months, and is continuing to accelerate,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President Amazon Appstore. “With the addition of new titles like Fox News, Popcornflix, Candy Crush Saga and GameFly, customers now have access to even more of their favorite TV shows, news content, top quality games and live TV.”
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick plug into your HDTV for easy and instant access to blockbuster movies and popular TV shows via Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, live TV, sports, music, and more from popular channels like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sling TV, HBO Go, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, and WatchESPN. In addition, with Amazon Fire TV you can play new and popular games such as Minecraft, Crossy Road, and many other best-selling and highly rated titles. Games can be played using the Amazon Fire TV remote that comes with the device, or the Amazon Fire Game Controller. Fire TV is a tiny box with voice search built right into the remote, and a quad core processor for seamless streaming; Fire TV Stick is a small streaming media stick that brings an incredible amount of power and content at a great value—it’s just $39. Learn more about Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick at www.amazon.com/FireTV and www.amazon.com/firetvstick.