TechDogs-Enter The Universe Of "Cloud Gaming"


Enter The Universe Of Cloud Gaming

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Remember when you had to blow in a video game cartridge to clean out the dust? It brings back gaming nostalgia but these cartridges were a complete pain in the neck. Especially when the little bugger wouldn't work!

Well, gamers, no more cartridges for you, no discs, not even simple digital downloads. Welcome to the world of Cloud Gaming! (Think on-demand video services like Netflix and Hulu, just for games.) Yes, we know what you're thinking, "It's too good to be true!" Nope, it's real and it's here! In this article, we'll explain what Cloud Gaming is, how the technology works and where it is going in the future.

Let's take a closer look…
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It's 1st January year 2000, the first Saturday of the new Millennia and you can't contain the excitement of playing Donkey Kong with your buddies. You happily connect the console to your television set, enjoy the TV static with anticipation and plug in the game cartridge into the video game console. You and your friends are palpitating with equal excitement, the game is about to start aaaaaaand nothing happens!

A thousand thoughts run through your mind and the loudest one is your mom asking you to keep your toys back in their place so that they don't break. You make a mental note of listening to your mother more. In the meantime, you have figured out why your game won't load and how to fix it as well. The sad thing is that the solution is very time-consuming and almost a game of luck. You will need to open the cartridge, dust off any dirt particles on the green chip and keep plugging it in till the console decides it's clean enough.

That was then and this is now! Today our gaming consoles and in-game graphics have improved, to the extent of not being able to differentiate between the real Keanu Reeves and the one in cloud game Cyberpunk 2077 #YouAreBreathtaking

Speaking of it, the world of Cloud Gaming is becoming the latest buzzword, thanks to all-time-high Internet speeds and humanity's new-found obsession with streaming. Cloud Gaming (also referred to as game streaming) and cloud servers are used to run games in place of local devices (your Xbox or PS4, for example). One of the huge appeals of Cloud Gaming is that it wipes out the necessity of buying a brand-new gaming system every few years. As long as you have a device with a screen and a stable Internet connection, then bam! You can participate in the world of Cloud Gaming.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Cloud Gaming!

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First thing's first, Cloud Gaming is also known as gaming on-demand or gaming-as-a-service and is based on cloud technology, which means; you don't need to download it to your local system. It also doesn't rely on internal software from any of your devices such as your computer, mobile phone, TV, or console. Cloud Gaming is essentially online gaming that is run on remote servers streaming games directly to a user's device.

What isn't to love about Cloud Gaming? You get to enjoy your favorite video games that don't use remote hardware or rely on fragile discs (little Billy can't break your cloud, can he?) Usually, Cloud Gaming services require a monthly or yearly subscription. Many times, games are purchased in addition to the monthly or yearly subscriptions for the streaming service itself, so that you can stream them whenever you want. Now you can play Donkey Kong all day, every day!

A Little History For Our Cloud Gamers Out There… And Our Super Fans!

In 1992 Superman was killed by Doomsday. No one ever thought Superman could die, just like no one thought cartridges and discs could die in the land of gaming. However, there's no Superman in the world of the future and there are no discs because streaming is taking over.

Does that make streaming evil? Only time will tell. Talking about time, let's look at some important points in the history of Cloud Gaming.
  • In 2000, Cloud Gaming technology was demonstrated by G-cluster, a Finnish company that mainly targets video game users that already have a gaming console of some sort. In 2005, Cyprus Telecom Authority rolled out this service commercially.

  • OnLive, a Mountain View, California-based company and provider, was launched in 2010, which allowed gamers to demo and rent games without installing them on any device. 

  • OnLive's groundbreaking technology led to PlayStation Now - a subscription service for cloud gaming from Sony.

  • In 2013 what would turn into GeForce Now, was launched, allowing players to access a virtual computer where they can play different video games remotely. Today we have Shadow, which is relatively new and allows users to access a virtual computer to enjoy Cloud Gaming.

  • Google, launched Google Stadia - a cloud computing platform that will undoubtedly be a frontrunner in the future of Cloud Gaming as they try, again, to take over the world of gaming.

  • Recently Amazon released their cloud gaming service called Luna, which will be integrated with Twitch and Alexa. Luna offers different channels with games on them that can be accessed by paying a monthly subscription.

How Does This Work?

Well, in principle, it’s exactly like streaming your favorite movies on Netflix or any video streaming service. Gone are the days where you have to rely on Blu-ray Discs or DVDs. Instead of relying on a gamers’ hardware, Cloud Gaming enables gamers to stream the game online via a company’s server. So, without any disk or consoles, the games are streamed from what could be called a virtual computer of the Cloud Gaming provider.

Digging deeper...

You use your device to access the cloud, which is the data center of the gaming company. This data center or gaming platform contains all the games provided by the gaming company.

To manage the game's working, you will have to input commands, such as pressing the ‘F’ key to make a character within the game fire his gun or pay his respects.

The commands that you input then run through a network to a remote computer, which reacts to any commands and you see the result streamed back to you instantaneously. 

Tools And Types Of Cloud Gaming

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Here are two main types of Cloud Gaming — video streaming and file streaming.
  • Video Streaming Cloud Gaming 

    Faster than a speeding bullet, this type of Cloud Gaming utilizes a gaming company’s server to stream a game, similar to how Netflix streams a video. Any inputs added by the user through mouse, keyboard or controller is recorded on the company server and the response to that is sent back to the gamer, pushing the game forward. OnLive, Gaikai and Ubitus are examples of companies that use video streaming for their Cloud Gaming services.

  • File Streaming Cloud Gaming

    has also been called progressive downloading. This type of Cloud Gaming installs a small program on the client’s hardware that quickly allows the client to access games from the gaming company’s server. Kalydo and Approxy are some companies that use file streaming for their Cloud Gaming services.


So, What’s The Real Draw Of Cloud Gaming?

One of the main benefits of Cloud Gaming is the Superman-style security! Virtual storage space is safer and is harder to hack. Another benefit is that you don't need high-end devices to play high-end games. You aren't downloading a game, so a multitude of compatible devices can access games easily.

It is extremely beneficial to gaming companies as it cuts down the cost of putting out games. With Cloud Gaming, companies pay as they go only for resources that have been utilized up to any given point. That is different from an older gaming model that requires gaming companies to pay more for bandwidth during high traffic gaming times (like when a new game has just been released). Not to mention that they no longer have to pay a manufacturer to create discs that may never sell.

Multiple users can play games simultaneously via Cloud Gaming, i.e., it supports multiplayer gaming. That gives each gamer more action and also creates extra revenue for gaming companies. Everybody wins! Buckle Up Super Men and Women! Microsoft and Google are considered as the frontrunners that are leading cloud computing into the future. Philips is making TVs with Google Stadia built into them while Microsoft will be releasing Microsoft's Xbox to be used with Android devices - its iOS compatibility is still in question.

GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) resource sharing and predictive input are two aspects of Cloud Gaming that will be emphasized in the future. The majority of Cloud Gaming services have a dedicated GPU for each active player. The future will focus on developing GPUs that when aren't being used at their full capacity, can be shared among more than one player.

With the emergence of 5G, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality gaming may become mainstream in the future. Predictive input algorithms will predict what a player's next inputs are going to be. The hope is that this will greatly reduce or eliminate latency  for Cloud Gaming.

No matter its future, it is a win-win to have this incredible tech Among Us!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cloud Gaming?

Cloud Gaming, also known as gaming on-demand or gaming-as-a-service, is a form of online gaming where games are run on remote servers and streamed directly to a user's device, eliminating the need for local downloads or reliance on internal hardware such as consoles or computers. This allows users to play high-quality video games using devices with screens and stable Internet connections, without the need to purchase expensive gaming hardware.

How does Cloud Gaming work?

Cloud Gaming works by streaming games from a gaming company's server to the user's device over the Internet. Instead of processing the game locally, the user inputs commands through their device, which are transmitted to the remote server. The server then processes these commands and streams back the game's response to the user's device in real-time. This enables users to play games without the need for physical discs or consoles, accessing them directly from the cloud.

What are the benefits of Cloud Gaming?

Cloud Gaming offers several advantages, including enhanced security, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness. The virtual storage space used by Cloud Gaming is more secure and less susceptible to hacking compared to local storage options. Additionally, Cloud Gaming eliminates the need for high-end gaming devices, as games are streamed directly from the cloud to a wide range of compatible devices. Moreover, Cloud Gaming can be more cost-effective for gaming companies, as they only pay for resources utilized, rather than incurring fixed costs associated with manufacturing physical discs. Additionally, Cloud Gaming supports multiplayer gaming, allowing multiple users to play simultaneously and generating additional revenue for gaming companies.

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