You may have heard that after GameStop purchased Spawn Labs, the retailer started talking about streaming console games.
We still don't have all the details (because GameStop hasn't worked out all the details themselves), but we got a little more information from senior vice president Mike Mauler.
In speaking to GamesIndustry.biz , Mauler clarified a few points. Firstly, it's not a service that lets you play games on the cloud. Secondly, it's not about replacing physical media, because you'd have to actually own both the console and the game to take part in the program. Said Mauler:
"So we're not looking at a service where you can just play games in the cloud. You would buy the game through our loyalty programme and through a partnership with the publishers we would give them an opportunity to possibly – this is still something we're working out – to be able to play their game when they're not at home with their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3."
Obviously, this would be a premium service offered to faithful GameStop customers. You'd be able to purchase the service at the same time you bought a game to play on your console, and Mauler added that this idea "doesn't require any work" from publishers. Now, we have no idea how they're going to make something like MGS6 run on our portable device when we're riding on a train, but hey, it's a brave new world.