Amazon 'AppStream' service allows devs to stream games from the cloud

Amazon announced the upcoming introduction of AppStream, a service that delivers high-performance games and other applications via Amazon Web Services cloud streaming.

Essentially offering developers the ability to "build complex applications that run from simple devices," AppStream aids in reproducing high-performance, GPU-powered rendering on platforms normally incapable of delivering such performance. Supported applications launch instantly, and can be controlled either with touchscreen input or with linked devices.

Microsoft's Xbox One has a similar supplemental cloud service in the works to boost in-game performance, and Amazon's AppStream could potentially help power graphically rich games for mobile and desktop devices. Developers interested in testing out a limited preview version of Amazon AppStream can apply for admission here.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.