The iPhone's first cloud gaming platform just so happens to be my favourite

Retro gaming platform Antstream Arcade comes to iOS and iPadOS, at last

Antstream Arcade
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Quick Summary

Antstream Arcade will be the first cloud gaming platform available on iPhone and iPad when it launches on 27 June.

It gives you access to more than 1,300 retro games gleaned from throughout gaming's glorious past.

It's been a long while coming, but the iPhone and iPad finally have their first cloud gaming service. And it just so happens to be the one I've previously called "better than Xbox Cloud Gaming".

Antstream Arcade is finally available on iOS and iPadOS devices as part of Apple's relaxed App Store rules, and I couldn't be happier.

Retro games machine emulators have also benefitted from Apple's change of heart in recent times, but even they would struggle to match Antstream's capabilities. It truly is the best online resource for classic games as you don't have to download any dodgy roms (game files) or debug emulation just to get them to play.

That's because it is home to more than 1,300 games originally released across the likes of the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga, and many other systems. And there is no awkward installation as they each play streamed over an internet connection – you just have to have a data signal and away you go.

As with other cloud gaming platforms, your control inputs head one way, the video of the gameplay the other. However, unlike others I have never experienced latency on Antstream (which I usually play on the Xbox Series X).

Maybe that's because the games are uncomplicated and often tiny in file size (yet often fiendish in difficulty), but it makes for a superfast, super smooth experience. Indeed, it couldn't be better suited to mobile play if it tried.

Of course, Apple's devices are only just catching up – Antstream Arcade was already available on Android, Mac, Windows, Samsung TVs, Android TV devices, and Xbox consoles. However, to celebrate its expansion, you can now subscribe for less as part of an introductory offer.

You can get Antstream Arcade for £3.99 / $3.99 / €3.99 per month or £29.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 for a full year (saving up to £12 off the usual price).

The app will be available on the Apple App Store from 27 June 2024. You can find out more information on a dedicated website here.

Rik Henderson
News Editor

Rik is T3’s news editor, which means he looks after the news team and the up-to-the-minute coverage of all the hottest gadgets and products you’ll definitely want to read about. And, with more than 35 years of experience in tech and entertainment journalism, including editing and writing for numerous websites, magazines, and newspapers, he’s always got an eye on the next big thing.

Rik also has extensive knowledge of AV, TV streaming and smart home kit, plus just about everything to do with games since the late 80s. Prior to T3, he spent 13 years at Pocket-lint heading up its news team, and was a TV producer and presenter on such shows as Channel 4's GamesMaster, plus Sky's Games World, Game Over, and Virtual World of Sport.