Want to play games on your TV, but don’t feel like buying a video game console? Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of companies launch efforts to stream video games over the internet, using hardware you may already have. Just last month, GameFly launched a game streaming service designed to work with the Amazon Fire TV.

Now Comcast is getting on the action with a new service called Xfinity Games.

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Comcast has partnered with Electronic Arts to make about two dozen games available during a beta test. To participate in the test you’ll need to be a Comcast customer with a Comcast X1 box. Then you just visit xfinitygames.com to sign up.

Wondering how you’ll control video games on your TV? Comcast and EA expect you to use your phone or tablet. The service supports Android or iOS.

Comcast plans to let a limited number of people try the service for free during the beta test. It’s not yet clear how much Xfinity Games will cost after the beta ends.

The games aren’t exactly bleeding edge AAA titles. At launch, the games include Plants vs. Zombies, Real Racing 2, World of Goo, Peggle Nights, EA Sports FIFA Socer 13, and Monopoly.

It looks like EA and Comcast are trying to make the service attractive to casual gamers or those that don’t need the best graphics or the newest titles. Xfinity Games probably isn’t a compelling reason for anyone to sign up for Comcast… but it could be an interesting add-on for existing subscribers.

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5 replies on “Comcast, EA launch Xfinity Games: game streaming beta”

  1. Funny, I tried to upgrade my channel selection Sunday night to get 3 more channels (plus whatever else that was going to entail.) The bottom line was I wanted to add SyFy, that was the primary motivation, but while I was at it, TBS and TNT would have been nice also, plus whatever esoteric channels they feel compelled to bundle/subsidize.

    It turns out I can’t just upgrade my channel selection even though I already have digital and HD service. I’d have to upgrade to an X1 triple play preferred package that would have costed $70 more a month including $10/month for a wireless gateway for the telephone service I don’t want. $70/month so I can watch Defiance? Nah. I’ll wait until it’s on Amazon. Stupid. I wanted to pay them more, but they’re just too greedy.

    1. your a dummy …SYFY is part of the mid tier digital starter package. cheap skate…you dont need phone….your are exaggerating just to complain

      1. You’re right. I am a cheap skate when it comes to cable tv. I watch about 5 hours of cable tv a week. Why would I pay for service I don’t use? But in this case, all I wanted to do was upgrade my tv package, not add phone or any other additional services I wasn’t going to use. They wouldn’t let me, at least not without calling them.

        And you’re right again, I don’t need phone. That’s why I don’t want to get the full triple play package that they want to sell. Getting triple play appears to be the only way I can upgrade my package, which doesn’t make any sense to me.

        But you’re wrong about exaggerating. I’m not exaggerating at all. I stated what my goal was. I stated what I tried to do, and I stated my results. I wanted to pay them (a little) more. They wouldn’t let me. Their loss.

  2. Comcast is desperate to find something other than cable TV to generate revenue as they have finally opened their eyes and realized traditional cable TV is on a long permanent slide. I suspect their game gambit will work about as well as their new streaming TV service. Anyone giving it a try best pray they never have to call sustomer service.

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