Antstream Arcade Ltd, the world’s largest collection of officially licensed retro games, announces its launch on Xbox. Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble and Metal Slug feature alongside 1300 other classics, with many PlayStation and Nintendo titles officially playable on Xbox for the first time – available for pre-order from 14 July at Microsoft Store before launch on 21 July.
The extensive catalogue ranges from early Atari releases through Commodore, Sega, Nintendo and original PlayStation era games. These will be instantly available on Xbox Series X|S and
Xbox One without installation, download or setup and carefully optimised through a rigorous quality control process to ensure the gameplay is as the developer intended.
The platform supports instant cloud game saves, online high scores and resume play features across multiple devices.
The Arcade’s burgeoning library of officially licensed retro IPs adds more titles every week, including brand-new games for classic consoles by indie developers such as Flea and Reshoot R.
Antstream Arcade also brings a revolutionary way of playing retro games with its unique technology that mods the originals to create new mini-game challenges, giving both veteran and first-time players a fresh approach to enjoying the classics. Play as Pac-Man and avoid collecting the dots or where Pac-Man does the chasing and Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde are on the run!
Competitors can enter tournaments, challenge others to high-score duels and create giant slayer community battles, or simply compete for the best score on earth. Additionally, win gems, rack up achievements, connect with others and build a profile to show off gaming prowess.
Steve Cottam, CEO Antstream grew up with Manic Miner as one of his favourite games; “Despite living in an age of incredible technology, I found it wasn’t easy enough to access the games I loved growing up and I wanted to be able to easily share scores and compete against friends” he said “We believe in the preservation and accessibility of all games, the great, the impossible and the forgotten or lesser known too, I’m very proud to bring the Antstream Arcade platform to the Xbox community”.
“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” said Sarah Bond, CVP of Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Microsoft. “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.”
Antstream Arcade is already available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, Android TV, Firestick, Samsung TV and browser (beta). Xbox will be the first major console to support the Arcade natively and Antstream will be the world’s first third-party cloud gaming service to feature on Xbox.
At 12.00 PDT/20.00 BST on July 14th, Antstream Arcade will live stream announcements of new games, introduce Xbox and tease more to come in its debut of Antstream Connect: a monthly live update feature, streamed primarily on YouTube.
Pre-order, Antstream Connect and more information about Anstream Arcade on Xbox can be found here: https://aarca.de/xbox
Antstream Arcade on Xbox is £/$/€29.99 annually or £/$/€79.99 for lifetime access. All future games and features will be included. It will be available in the following regions: Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and the Vatican City.