Drei is entering the cloud gaming market with its new HomePlay service. The service can be accessed using a computer, smart TV or mobile phone. Drei is cooperating with the French provider Blacknut, whose cloud gaming catalog includes more than 500 games.
Successful and excellent indie games such as Overcooked, Joggernaut or The Lions Song are represented, but also some bigger titles such as Lego Star Wars, Lords of Fallen and Hitman Go. Titles in between, such as many games by the German publisher Daedalic such as the Deponia, Edna and Harvey series or Die Säulen der Erde are available.
Own smartphone controller
The HomePlay subscription costs 9.99 euros for three customers and is therefore cheaper than the regular price of the Blacknut subscription (14.99). The service is included for three customers who use a 5G internet tariff (PowerNet XL or XXL) at home. The costs are processed monthly via the Drei invoice. Up to 5 separate user accounts can be created with the subscription.
All games can be played with a mouse and keyboard. However, Drei is also offering topp’s “Gaming Wizard” smartphone controller for the first 150 HomePlay subscribers free of charge. Everyone else can buy it for 59.90 euros in the Dreiland shop. Blacknut himself recommends using an Xbox wireless controller, but playing with all common gamepads should be possible.
Computer, TV and Android
According to Blacknut, an internet line with 6 Mbit / s will be used. To use the service, the Drei HomePlay app is required, which is available in the Google Play Store for Android devices and in the Amazon Store for Fire TV Sticks. With a Google Chromecast, content can also be transferred to a TV. An additional client for Windows, macOS and Linux can be downloaded from the Drei website. Three customers can log in with an existing customer zone account.
Blacknut does not currently work on iPhone or iPad. “The reason for this is that Apple’s guidelines for game streaming apps state that the company does not want to make such apps available in its app store,” said the cloud provider’s website.