Game xStream has announced a new high-profile customer for its streaming on-demand service for playing graphic-intensive PC games online. 3DRealms founder Scott Miller has indicated that the company intends to support the Games xStream digital delivery system with future games.
No doubt inspired by the notoriety of Valve’s Steam system, as well as its ability to send revenue more directly to the developer, Miller is quoted as saying: "Games xStream is the first and only online delivery platform that can satisfy a gamer's desire to buy a game on impulse and start playing minutes later, regardless of the size or complexity of the game. 3D Realms is extremely excited by this ground breaking technology, and we plan to use it to sell our future releases."
The Game xStream technology differs from Steam in that it sends only portions of a game at a time, allowing users to play the game almost immediately – without waiting for a single large download to be completed. Data can also be downloaded while the game is still playing, making the service appear more seamless to the customer.
In related news, Digital Interactive Streams (DiStream), the developer of Game xStream, has also announced the formation of an advisory board. The board will advise on company strategy, as well as contributing to the expansion of DiStream's network of potential customers and partners.
The new advisory board includes: Peter S. Sealey, former chief marketing officer of Coca Cola; Roger Hector, former executive with firms such as Walt Disney, Sega and Electronic Arts; Scott Miller, the founder of 3D Realms; Keith Boesky, former head of the video game department of International Creative Management; Clifford H. Friedman, the senior managing director of Constellation Ventures; Paul L. Brindze, an entertainment industry executive, and Michael L. Addicott, an executive with numerous online companies.