21skywakeSun 1st Nov 2020 Just read through that second wall of text @Shadowthrone so a couple of more points worth making... 1. Streaming requires no special hardware This is true for music and movies but it isn't really true for games. You still need a controller to play games. The only titles that don't need a controller are either touchscreen based phone games, which by their very nature are played with less than optimal network performance, or very low interaction titles. And for the later interactive movies already exist on Netflix..... 2. People choose Netflix because a subscription is a "lower risk" way to consume This is definitely a main part of the appeal of video streaming services. However this is more of a function of the subscription model rather than the fact that it's a video stream. The fair comparison here isn't between physically going to the shop and buying a movie vs paying a monthly sub, browsing Netflix and clicking play. The more accurate analogy would be the difference between the home and downloads tab in the Netflix app. The home page is game streaming, the downloads tab is an XBox Game Pass like model. 2a. But downloads aren't as fast as clicking go Pre-emptive counter argument, and this is true. But at the same time the very infrastructure that would make streaming practical also reduces the download times. Eg a super low latency 1Gbps fibre link would be excellent for game streaming... but if you had a link like that you'd download a 100GB game in 15mins. Also if there's no risk involved you'd just pre-download any games you were into before release 3. Streaming wouldn't be tied to console cycles Maybe so. But the way things are going consoles aren't really tied to console cycles much anymore either. If you look at what Microsoft is doing they're pushing for a subscription service that goes across PC and XBox with backwards compatibility. So this is already a thing even without streaming. Even with the Switch, if they had a game-pass option you'd also have a library of Wii U ports at your fingertips. They already have SNES/NES classics as part of the subscription that already exists there. Presumably a post-Switch Nintendo online sub could carry over the classic games. Edited on Sun 1st November, 2020 @ 05:25 by skywake Some good Aussie musics: King Gizzard, Pond, TFS "Don't stir the pot" is a nice way of saying "they're too dumb to reason with"