Plex launches video game streaming that allows us to emulate our ROMs for various platforms, in addition to 27 Atari classics

The multimedia streaming platform Plex announced yesterday the launch of a new service, Plex Arcade, which offers video game streaming ... for the nostalgic.

According to Plex, once they managed to offer an alternative when it comes to collecting movies and series,

"There was still a class of CDs and DVDs that continued to collect dust on the shelves. They were the old plastic cartridges for our beloved video game consoles."

All thanks to its collaboration with Parsec and its technology of low latency streaming, which "suddenly made it possible to offer fully playable game libraries within Plex."

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Game Catalog

And is that its video game catalog, a total of 27 for now, come directly from the repertoire of the old Atari consoles, which were so successful in the 70-80s of the last century.

Thus, if we subscribe to this service, we will see classic titles pass through our screens like Centipede, Lunar Lander, Food Fight, Desert Falcon, Missile Command or Gravitar ...

... but that repertoire can be much larger, because it is also Possible to emulate user-owned ROM files using Plex Arcade, and here the options are expanded, as it is compatible with many more platforms than Atari:

  • Atari (2600, 5200, 7800).

  • Arcade machines.

  • Sega (Genesis, Game Gear, Master System, 32X).

  • Nintendo (NES, Super NES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance).

Hardware requirements

Plex Arcade is available to be played on mobile devices, Chrome browser and compatible (via webapp), Apple TV and Android TV. Be careful, because in the case that we are using Apple TV or iOS devices, we will not be able to play remotely, but we will need to be connected to the same LAN as our Plex Media server.

As far as peripherals are concerned, the company recommends the use of Sony's DualShock 4 or Xbox controller, but it is possible to use almost any keyboard or console controller we want.

But how much is it worth?

At this point, it's time to talk about money: subscribing to this service will cost $ 4.99 per month (reduced to $ 2.99 if you already have a Plex Pass subscription). And Plex offers us the option to try this service for free for a week.

The truth is that, for now, doesn't seem like a particularly tempting bet beyond a very specific group of unrepentant retrogamers: an extra five dollars a month subscription for a service that forces you to start up and maintain your own server (which, moreover, cannot be a Linux machine or a NAS device)?