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Antstream is Bringing its Massive Retro Gaming Library to Xbox

Antstream Arcade

Antstream, a service which lets you stream retro games from a massive range of platforms, is coming to Xbox.

Anstream features over 1300 games, including Amiga games, Amstrad MSX titles, arcade games and even a few (non-Nintendo) Gameboy Colour titles. Turrican isn’t, sadly, on there, though it’s since been re-released on console and PC.

Speaking of the PC, the service has been available on PC for a few years. But now it’s coming to the Xbox, available for a yearly fee of $29.99 or a lifetime subscription of $79.99. It’s set to arrive this July 21st, though you can pre-order it now.

So what’s on offer? The GBC titles may be a little obscure but the other platforms feature some real gems. Here are some of our picks:

  • Xenon 2 (Amiga)
  • Pac-Mania (Arcade)
  • R-Type (Arcade)
  • Alien Breed (Amiga)
  • Earthworm Jim (SNES)
  • Fatal Fury 2 (Arcade)
  • Monkey Island 2 (Amiga) – yes, without all the disk swapping.

We could go on but there’s so, so much to choose from. So what’s the catch? Apart from the fact you have to pay, that is. Well, since this is a streaming service it relies on you having a halfway decent internet connection, so your experience may vary.

There shouldn’t be a significant delay when it comes to the games interpreting your button pushes but that’s not guaranteed. Also, as tempting as the $79.99 lifetime subscription offer is, and even though Antstream has been around for four years, we’d be reluctant to pay that far ahead.

Still, if this sounds like something that could be up your street you can find out more from Antstream’s website. And the service itself launches this July 21st.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.