China's NetEase is entering the cloud games sector

China's NetEase is entering the cloud games sector

Chinese games firm NetEase is apparently rolling out its own cloud service.

That's according to local site GameLook - as reported by TechNode - which reports that NetEase Cloud Games went live in November and right now only supports mobile releases but PC is set to be supported in the near future.

There are 38 games on the platform at the time of writing and these are accessible via the service's official website. This also claims that the cloud tech reduces battery usage and the risk of hardware overheating.

For the time being it only uses 4G with 5G functionality set to come in the near future. This follows NetEase's Thunder Fire development studio partnering with Chinese tech firm Huawei - one of the leading providers of 5G infrastructure - in June of this year.

NetEase is following in the footsteps of fellow Chinese firm Tencent, which has launched its own streaming service in the region called Start, in addition to the Instant Play platform it has partnered with Intel for.

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