German telecommunications network Deutsche Telekom has set foot into the gaming ring with the launch of its new cloud gaming service. MagentaGaming, which launches as an invite-only beta on August 24 at Gamescom is scheduled to be available in full in 2020.
Like Google's Stadia, the service promises the ability to stream games from the cloud with support for a variety of devices. At launch, MagentaGaming will be available on web browsers and Android devices. There are plans to support iOS and Xbox at a later stage. A selection of more than 100 games will be available to beta testers free of charge.
The company also said that it has plans to integrate MagentaGaming into its MagentaTV OTT offering sometime in the future. As for the platform, beta testers will require internet speeds of at least 50Mbps, but the telco claims that this will provide an experience with latency times of less than 50 milliseconds in full HD with 60fps in stereo. Improve 4K and 5.1 surround sound are also planned for the full launch of the service.
With MagentaGaming, Deutsche Telekom wants to showcase is mobile internet speeds. It says 5G LTE compatibility is in the works and will be launching at a later stage of the beta phase. While the service is still in its infancy, its limited selection of available titles have already come under scrutiny from gamers online. Most of the games offered are either fairly low-profile older titles or are already free-to-play elsewhere.