Game rental service Gamefly expanded into streaming not that long ago, with a new service that launched in June. However, it was a relatively limited launch: in order to access the service, you had to use an Amazon Fire TV set-top box. Now the company is moving onto additional hardware by launching on select Samsung smart TVs starting today. "Samsung's global reach is a great way to bring GameFly Streaming to consumers across the globe," says CEO David Hodess.
Support for Samsung TVs was already available in a few countries, thanks to an early rollout in Brazil and Israel, but today's announcement will see support expand to a number of key markets. Those include the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, and Belgium. Gamefly says that the service should work on "most" Samsung smart TVs made from 2014 onwards.
Gamefly's service is a bit different from all-you-can-eat streaming services like Netflix: instead of one fixed price that gives you access to all games, Gamefly lets you pay a monthly fee of $6.99 to access a bundle of seven games. Currently the library is relatively limited at around 40 games, but it does include some notable titles like Batman Arkham Origins and numerous Lego games.
Game streaming has been an ambitious dream since the ill-fated days of Onlive, but the concept is starting to finally gain traction once again. Gamefly is joining an increasingly crowded field that includes Nvidia's Grid service, as well as PlayStation Now, which gives you access to more than 100 PS3 games for $19.99 a month. While Sony's service is naturally available on Playstation platforms like the PS4 and Vita, it, too, recently expanded to include Samsung TVs as well.