Media app Plex has launched a new cloud gaming subscription.
I'm going out on a limb here, but I don't think Atari is the real selling point of Plex Arcade; it's about the ROMs.
Plex started as a way to organize and stream your media library, but it has since expanded to include live TV, ad-supported streaming video, and Tidal music, among other things.
The streaming company partnered with Parsec, another streaming company know for cloud gaming, to build a library filled with Atari classics like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and more.
Plex has very much positioned the offer as an experiment, writing in a somewhat idiosyncratic blog post: "We've actually kicked the idea around for years, and given that over the last year we've been looking for new ways to entertain and distract ourselves, we decided to finally make it happen".
Plex has an FAQ with additional information about Plex Arcade.
Instead, it will be offered as a separate subscription for $2.99 per month for existing Plex Pass subscribers (Plex's existing $4.99/mo plan). The technology to make it available was already 95% built, so the team chose to put together the game streaming service as a surprise for users, as well as a way to expand Plex's core mission of becoming a broader entertainment platform. As Plex details, the game server only works on Windows and macOS, not available for servers running on Linux, NAS devices, or NVIDIA SHIELD. For nonsubscribers, Plex Arcade is $4.99 per month. Plex is also offering a seven day free trial for those who want to test the service before subscribing. You will also need to link your Plex account with your Parsec account, but that's part of the Plex Arcade set-up. Ultimately, gameplay is restricted to Android (mobile and TV), iOS, tvOS, and the Chrome web browser.
The company is taking a wait-and-see approach to expanding the service over time.
Plex Arcade is the latest addition to what's now a growing lineup of entertainment options for Plex users.