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Amazon has been secretly developing a game streaming platform that would bypass the need for expensive consoles, according to reports, Independent reported.

The project involves using powerful computers housed in data centres to run the games over the internet. Players would log in remotely from devices such as phones, tablets or even smart TVs.

It would mean that players no longer need to buy discs or download video games to play on high-powered PCs or gaming consoles such as the Xbox One or Playstation 4. The Amazon rumours come amid growing suggestions that both PlayStation and Xbox are working on their own versions of such cloud services.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment on the rumoured project, though several publications have cited sources close to the matter confirming its existence.

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