May 8, 2021

Plex Arcade announced: Plex gets into the game subscription business

The company is throwing in almost 30 Atari games as well.

Plex Arcade

Credit: Plex
  • Plex has announced the Plex Arcade subscription gaming service.
  • It lets you stream retro games from a host platform to other devices.
  • You can stream your own collection or a variety of Atari games.

Plex is one of the most popular options for people wanting to stream their media library to a variety of devices. Right now, the service supports your videos, music, and podcasts, but even offers live TV and a host of free content.

Now, Plex has announced a move into the game subscription arena with its Plex Arcade service. The company has teamed up with streaming app provider Parsec to let users stream retro titles from a host Windows or Mac computer to a variety of platforms. These supported platforms include Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, MacOS, Chrome/Chromium browsers, and Windows.

As for the actual games, Plex has teamed up with Atari to offer 27 titles at launch. You can check out the full list below.

  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Adventure
  • Aquaventure
  • Avalanche
  • Basketbrawl
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Dark Chambers
  • Desert Falcon
  • Fatal Run
  • Food Fight
  • Gravitar
  • Haunted House
  • Human Canonball
  • Lunar Lander
  • Major Havoc
  • Milipede
  • Missile Command
  • Motor Psycho
  • Ninja Golf
  • Outlaw Gunslinger
  • Planet Smashers
  • Radar Lock
  • Sky Diver
  • Sky Raider
  • Solaris
  • Super Breakout

Fortunately, Plex Arcade also allows you to stream your own collection of retro games from your computer’s library. It currently supports showing metadata for arcade, Atari, Sega (Genesis, Game Gear, Master System, 32X), and Nintendo (GB/GBC/GBA, NES, SNES, N64) platforms. Thankfully, Plex confirmed that it’s working to support more platforms.

Plex Arcade is available for $4.99 a month, or $2.99 a month if you’re a Plex Pass subscriber already. It certainly sounds like an interesting proposition, especially on TV streaming devices where storage space for ROMs can be an issue.

Today’s phones pack plenty of processing power and storage though, while the supported ROMs are pretty tiny in file size compared to disc-based titles anyway. Furthermore, we’ve already seen local streaming services for modern and retro titles alike. Nevertheless, you can check out Plex Arcade via the button below, with a seven-day trial on offer too.