Verizon is currently conducting alpha testing of Verizon Gaming, a games streaming service that would represent a major new initiative for the home giant and mobile Internet. The Verge may report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and, according to the company documentation, will finally be able to get to Android smartphones. In both usage scenarios, the service can be played using a matched Xbox One controller. Verizon has not publicly publicized Verizon Gaming or even recognized its existence.
Verizon has quietly recruited players to participate in the test, which currently involves over 1
The Verizon Gaming app is pre-installed on the Shield and Verizon device will also distribute it to testers in private via Google Play later this month. This initial trial is scheduled to end at the end of January, according to the e-mails seen by The Verge .
Verizon Gaming screenshots including titles Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Battlefield V, and Destiny 2. It would be an amazing collection of games if accurate – God of War is an exclusive for PlayStation 4 and [RedDeadRedemption2 does not have a PC port yet – but it is it is likely that some or all of those shown are placeholders. In fact, in response to some complaints from the delay testers and early experience, Verizon says that at the moment it is focused on getting the fundamentals before worrying about the selection of games. "This process is mainly focused on performance," the Verizon Gaming team recently wrote in an e-mail to the participants. "Later, when the product advances, our bookcase will consist of most or all of the best games you're used to, but at this early stage we're working on the engine and its parts."
As just an example of how Verizon Gaming is upfront, the games currently do not have any type of save option; players must start from the beginning each time. The "VZG" badge on some games (including Red Dead ) is definitely interesting, but we are still looking at a very early version of this service. On a feedback forum for Verizon Gaming testers, an employee notes that there are placeholders throughout the app and not everything is final or representative of the commercial service. Another thread of an alpha participant contains an image showing Utomik software, a small company that specializes in streaming games, apparently running as part of Verizon Gaming. It is possible that Verizon is creating Verizon Gaming using Utomik technology as a basis.
Tests show that Verizon is the last company that pursues a cloud gaming strategy that enables it to play on many modern devices and platforms. Similar efforts are underway throughout the technology industry: Microsoft is working on Project xCloud, Google is experimenting with Project Stream and Amazon is developing a game service in its own right.
For Verizon, cloud gaming could be a showcase for 5G broadband both at home and on the road. The low latency and fast data rate of 5G could solve many of the obstacles that gaming streaming apps, such as Sony PlayStation Now, are facing today. And it's easy to imagine that Verizon Gaming is an add-on for the home Internet business or for mobile data services.
A job announcement for a "cloud game product manager" from November adds further credibility to Verizon Gaming, ultimately optimized for 5G. "The Cloud Gaming Product Manager is tasked with delivering next-generation gaming experiences that harness the power and functionality of Verizon's 5G network connectivity," says the list.
Verizon was also looking for a product manager for 5G mobile games and a video game producer during the same period. But 5G faces a long launch, which explains that Verizon is testing Verizon Gaming on Wi-Fi networks that consumers have now. Il Verge contacted Verizon for comment.