French Gamestream launches its consumer cloud gaming service Pleio. It is available exclusively from Bouygues Telecom with 5G.
3G marked the arrival of music streaming with Deezer and Spotify, 4G was the era of video with Netflix and YouTube, 5G may be that of cloud gaming. In any case, this is what several players in this still nascent market think, and obviously this is also what the French operator Bouygues Telecom thinks. The latter has partnered with Gamestream, a cloud service reserved for businesses, to launch a consumer cloud gaming offer: Pleio.
The “Netflix” subscription
Unlike Google Stadia, and like an Xbox Game Pass, the Pleio offer is based on a monthly subscription at 9.99 euros per month without commitment, giving access to a catalog of 80 games ” in Full HD console quality »Available in streaming. The service promises that “4K” quality will be offered later.
The catalog is intended to be “family” with many titles adapted from Disney universes: Brave, Cars 2, Disney Infinity, Lego Star Wars, etc. There are also critical hits like Deliver Us The Moon or the excellent Wonder Boy The Dragon’s Trap.
It remains to be seen how this catalog will evolve over time. We hope that new titles will be added regularly. This is also what makes the strength of all services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Orange also has its “Orange Games” catalog, but the titles available are starting to collect dust.
The service’s FAQ reveals that the games included do not offer in-app payments and that Pleio integrates a parental control system based on the PEGI: two good points to reassure parents. Obviously, since we are talking about streaming, the service emphasizes that no download or installation of games is necessary: everything is done instantly or almost.
Backups are done directly in the cloud, to retrieve your game from one device to another, however the service does not manage multiplayer mode for the moment and a friend list will be added later.
Bbox or 5G smartphone only
To subscribe to the Pleio offer, you must absolutely be subscribed to a 5G package from Bouygues Telecom and have a compatible 5G Android smartphone. Pleio recommends a connection of at least 4 Mbps for playing, and indicates that the consumption of the service is approximately 3.5 GB per hour. On this point, note that the subscription does not cover its data consumption, which will be deducted from your 5G plan.
If you combine a fixed and mobile subscription with Bouygues Telecom, Pleio indicates that the service is accessible from a Bbox Miami or a Bbox Miami 4K.
Developed by the French company Gamestream, Pleio should in the future be available on other platforms, without necessarily partnering with an operator.