Plex is a popular server program for managing private collections of video, music and images and accessing them everywhere. Many people have a Plex server to access large movie and music collections from all their gadgets at home.
One form of media that has so far been lacking on Plex is gaming, but now the developers of the program are launching a service called Plex Arcade which adds support for managing and streaming retro console games.
Plex Arcade requires a Mac or PC running the server because the software from partner Parsec only runs on these operating systems. You can then add your own ROM files for various old game consoles or pick and choose in the Atari range – Plex has licensed the entire Atari retro catalog.
Whether you play Atari games or just your own ROM files, you must have a subscription to the service, as the streaming function itself uses Parsec’s servers so that you can play with short response times from mobile, tablet or computer wherever you are. The price is around SEK 42 a month (or SEK 25 as a supplement if you already have a Plex Pass subscription).
Plex Arcade supports games for the following consoles:
- Arcade games (mame).
- Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800.
- Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Master System and 32X.
- Nintendo NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.
The games can be played on Android, iOS, Apple TV and in Chrome. Plex developers recommend a Dualshock 4 or Xbox controller for the best experience, but you can also control with a keyboard in Chrome.