Jump is like Netflix for indie games, and you can try it for free
On-demand indie gaming for a flat monthly fee.
There's been a lot of talk about a Netflix for video games in the last few years, but ventures like OnLive, Gaikai and PlayStation Now have often struggled with issues of latency and lag in streaming full AAA titles over the Internet, especially here in Australia.
New subscription gaming service Jump believes it's found the answer. First, Jump is focused on smaller indie games that take up less space and, therefore, require less bandwidth to beam over the Internet. Second, rather than streaming entire games from cloud servers to your computer or other device, Jump splits games into chunks which it sends directly to your device.
Those games are then played off your device using its processing power, which avoids the lag problem but consequently means you'll need a decent computer to play more-demanding games. Since most indie games are fairly low spec, this isn't a huge issue.
Jump currently boasts a curated launch library of more than 60 games, including The End Is Nigh, Pony Island, Teslagrad and Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor. The service plans on adding ten new games every month, starting from October.
If you want to take Jump's unique approach to digital gaming for a spin, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial on the Jump website. Should you decide to stick around, Jump is priced at US$9.99/AUD$12.47 a month for unlimited access to its catalogue.
In other indie gaming news, Humble Bundle has a terrific indie game bundle for sale right now.