We still don't have a true Netflix for games, but that isn't stopping companies from trying. The latest is GameFly — the rental service that sends you games in the mail — which today is launching a new video game streaming service. As part of the announcement GameFly revealed that it has acquired streaming company Playcast, which will power the new service.
GameFly's streaming service works a bit differently than something like Netflix. Instead of an all-you-can-play assortment of games for a fixed monthly price, users can rent bundles of games for $6.99 a month each. At launch there will be six bundles to choose from, each with seven games, and each based around a particular theme: you can rent a collection of different Lego games, for example, or adventure games like Darksiders or the Arkham series of Batman games. A more premium "gamer pack" is also available, giving you access to 16 games for $9.99 per month.
The current lineup of games is a bit sparse, at around 40 games, and so is the number of devices that will support GameFly's new service: at launch, it's only available on Amazon's Fire TV, and there's no word on when it will be available on other devices. Though it sounds like GameFly is nothing if not ambitious, saying it hopes to build "the world's premier multi-platform, console-quality streaming video game service."
Of course, GameFly is far from the first company that has tried to create a Netflix-style streaming service, and most have failed. OnLive infamously crashed and burned attempting its own take, while more recently Sony has introduced PlayStation Now on its consoles, letting users rent streaming versions of PS3 games. While Sony's service has promise, it has yet to catch on in a big way.
You can check out GameFly's attempt right here.