Video game retailer GameStop appears to be working on a service that would let Android smartphone and tablet users stream video games over the internet.
In other words, you wouldn’t just buy a game, download it to your device and run it. Instead the game would be running on a remote server and you’d use your mobile device to login and play. The upshot is that you may be able to play games which may be far large or resource-intensive to run on a smartphone.
Joystiq noticed several job postings for a new GameStop Android division which allude to the new service. GameStop also acquired a game-streaming service called Spawn Labs last month. The company’s technology makes it possible to stream console games over the internet allowing you to play on a computer.
The technology also makes it possible to purchase or rent a game and start playing immediately, since you don’t need to download a full game or insert physical media into your gaming console.
There’s no word on when GameStop’s service for Android might launch.