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We hardly knew ye: Samsung is killing its game streaming service

Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link service is shutting down less than a year after its launch.

Published onMarch 17, 2020

Samsung PlayGalaxy Link and a Glap controller.

Game streaming services are all the rage today, and there are quite a few offerings available on the market. Samsung jumped on the bandwagon last year with PlayGalaxy Link, but it’s now announced that it will be discontinuing the service.

“After many difficult discussions, PlayGalaxy Link will be ended on 27 March 2020 due to internal policy changes,” read a notice on the PlayGalaxy website. “This will allow our development organization to more effectively focus its resources and add value to the next release of new product (sic).”

Samsung used technology developed by Parsec to enable game streaming from your PC to your Samsung device via Wi-Fi or cellular connection. But the Korean manufacturer is now directing people to the Parsec website if they’d still like to experience game streaming.

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There’s no real shortage of game streaming options though, with GeForce Now, Project xCloud, Google Stadia, and Shadow all streaming games from a cloud server to your screen. And options like Steam Link and NVIDIA GameStream allow you to stream games from your gaming PC to another device on your network. So Samsung clearly had its work cut out to successfully challenge established players in this arena.

Hopefully Samsung doesn’t give up on the third-party Glap gaming controller, promoted alongside PlayGalaxy Link for its devices. The controller is compatible with other Android phones as well, and offers support for Steam Link and Play Store titles. Then again, at $120 on Amazon, it certainly seems pricey compared to traditional telescopic controllers.

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