By Stuart Thomson
Deutsche Telekom has launched a cloud gaming platform, with a plan to integrate the service into its MagentaTV service soon.
The new offering, MagentaGaming, will initially enable users to stream games direct from the cloud to Windows PC, Mac and Android devices such as smartphones and tablets, removing the need for dedicated hardware.
Telekom has tapped a distributed Edge cloud platform to deliver games from as close to the customer as possible.
The telco had previously showcased MagentaGaming at the Gamescom 2019 event in a beta version.
The commercial version unveiled this week comes with a new design and new functionality.
Users can set age restrictions via user profiles and scores are stored indefinitely in the cloud, enabling player to continue games on another device. Several players can play on one screen at the same time.
Telekom said it would offer a Bluetooth-connected game controller soon. A StreamOn gaming offer from the telco enables users to play on mobile devices without eating into their data allowance.
Telekom said that it would integrate the service into its MagentaTV service soon, without giving a specific date.
The telco is offering the service free of charge for three months for users who sign up by October 31, after which it will be offered for €6.95(US$8.20) a month.
“The future lies in cloud gaming. Cloud-based technology innovations in combination with our strong Telekom networks – our fixed network as well as mobile network – enable a perfectly coordinated end-to-end experience. With MagentaGaming, a large number of interested gamers can now experience high-quality gaming without having to buy expensive equipment beforehand,” said board member for technology and innovation, Claudia Nemat.
“Online games are more demanding than other media – this applies to speed, capacity and latency. Deutsche Telekom offers everything the customer needs for this – whether on mobile or at home,” says “With the best network, tailor-made hardware and the right offers, we are making gaming a unique experience for our customers,” said Deutsche Telekom’s managing director for consumer business, Michael Hagspihl.