Media management software Plex is expanding into the world of retro video games.
For $2.99 per month with a Plex Pass (or $4.99 without), you can tap into Plex Arcade’s licensed catalog of Atari titles, including Centipede, Lunar Lander, and Motor Psycho, as well as your own collection of game ROMs and emulators.
“The genesis of Plex saw us casting a disdainful eye over shelves of CDs, DVDs, and random files strewn over hard drives; we knew there had to be a better way to centrally organize and curate our media collections,” the team wrote in a blog post. “But there was one category left on that media shelf, gathering dust. It was the old plastic cartridges for our beloved gaming consoles of yore.”
Get started with the Plex Media Server and a Parsec account (both free), browse through old-school Atari offerings or add your own game ROMs, and say goodbye to the next few hours of your life. Have another go at childhood favorites like Missile Command, Sky Raider, Solaris, or Food Fight, and customize your collection by adding personal emulators, artwork, and controllers.
“For now, we’ve convinced the powers that be to let us run with it, but we know it’s far from done and we see it as a kind of internal Kickstarter-type project,” the blog said. “If there’s interest and we see some subs, it’ll grow into the glorious pheasant we know it can be. But if you guys drop the ball, it’ll die on the vine like a stomped-ass goomba.”
Sign up for a seven-day free trial and test the waters of Plex Arcade before committing to an annual $60 payment plan. The platform is currently supported on Mac and Windows servers only. Players can connect just about any Bluetooth-enabled controller or use on-screen handset controls while streaming to an iOS/Android mobile device, Apple/Android TV, or Mac/Windows computer.