Plex Arcade Brings Atari Titles To Your TV For $5 Per Month
Plex, the company that helps people organize and access all of their movies, TV shows, and music using media server software, has announced its first subscription streaming service, Plex Arcade. As the name suggests, it is a game service. Unlike similar products from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Nvidia, Plex Arcade is (for now) focused on giving subscribers access to classic Atari console titles from the 1980s. Plex Arcade is $ 5 per month, but Plex Pass subscribers get $ 2 off, which brings the price down to $ 3 per month. There is also a seven-day free trial.
Plex Arcade will initially feature a 30-game selection from Atari’s library of 2600 and 7800 console games, including titles such as Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Food Fight and Gravitar. Unfortunately, many of the most popular titles for these consoles, such as Pac Man, Space Invaders, Joust, and Donkey Kong, are not among the games available at launch.
You can play these streamed games on Android (mobile and TV), iOS, tvOS, and Chrome devices with the free Plex client installed. However, Plex Arcade also has server requirements that are unusual in the world of streaming games.
To use Plex Arcade, the free Plex Media Server must be installed on a Windows PC or Mac (Linux is not currently supported) on your home network. Setting up a Plex server is pretty easy. Read our guide on using Plex for a complete guide.
As with all Plex supported content, Plex Arcade games are displayed as a separate content category in the main Plex interface.
Plex Arcade is compatible with virtually any Bluetooth or USB game controller that will work with your streaming device, such as B. Apple TV, Nvidia Shield TV, etc., or you can use a keyboard for Chrome-based games. Plex recommends the Sony DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller for the best results.
Oddly enough, Plex is taking an experimental tone with the introduction of Plex Arcade. In its launch blog post, the company says, “… it’s far from finished and we see it as a kind of internal Kickstarter project.” If subscriber interest remains high, Plex will continue to expand the service. Otherwise the experiment ends.
It’s smart to create a game subscription service for fans of retro games – a niche that none of the other services chose. But it’s risky too: at $ 5 a month, Plex Arcade is the same price as Apple Arcade, which follows the same model of unlimited play for a monthly price. However, Apple Arcade’s titles are sophisticated and modern, with high-definition graphics and sound. It is unclear if people are willing to pay the same price for a relatively small selection of games, some of which are over 40 years old.
Then there is the question of the Atari VCS, a new Atari game console that has been in development for years and that promises access to the same content as Plex Arcade as well as modern game titles.
So far, Plex hasn’t set up its own subscription streaming service and has instead opted for the free, ad-supported model. This approach was started with on-demand movies and TV shows, followed by an 80-channel live TV streaming option. Depending on Plex Arcade experience, this could be the start of a number of new subscription services from the company – a move expected since 2019.
Here is the full list of Atari games available at launch:
- 3D tic-tac-toe
- Alien Brigade
- Dark chambers
- Desert falcon
- Deadly run
- Food Fight (Charley Chuck’s)
- Haunted house
- Human cannonball
- Moon battle
- Moon lander
- Major Havoc
- Missile order
- Motor Psycho
- Ninja golf
- To forbid
- Planet Smashers
- Radar lock
- Sky Diver
- Sky Raider
- Great breakout