We're getting a pretty huge new addition on Xbox next week in the form of Antstream Arcade, which is bringing over 1400 retro games to the platform as part of its cloud streaming service, including some PlayStation and Nintendo titles that will be playable on Xbox for the very first time.
Launching on July 21st, Antstream Arcade will feature "early Atari releases through Commodore, Sega, Nintendo and original PlayStation era games", and you'll be able to stream them all to your Xbox console complete with instant cloud game saves, online high scores and resume play features across multiple devices.
Here's what Xbox's Sarah Bond had to say about the announcement today:
"Many of us grew up playing these games, so the ability to stream them on Xbox consoles and share these experiences with our friends and family is incredible. We're pleased that with Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub's technology benefits and Azure cloud services we can help enable Antstream to reach more players."
Xbox will be the first major console to support Antstream Arcade "natively" (although that doesn't mean local downloads), and it'll also be the "world's first third-party cloud gaming service to feature on Xbox".
Antstream Arcade will be available to pre-order later today on the Microsoft Store for $29.99 annually or $79.99 for lifetime access, and a livestream is taking place at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST with more details on what to expect.
"Antstream Arcade was incorporated in 2013 by CEO and founder, Steve Cottam, a veteran game developer and passionate retro gamer. Based in the UK, it is the world’s largest retro game cloud service licensing over 3000 retro and classic indie game titles (over 1400 of which are live on the platform) and backed by industry stalwarts including Tencent and Atari."