Today’s special is approx cloud gaming. For starters, we explain exactly what it’s all about and outline the fundamentals we can imagine for cloud gaming offerings. We will discuss them advantages of cloud gaming, but also to go into technical requirements and Disadvantages one. In addition to the topic of energy and sustainability, we also summarize the most important providers and their offers.
What is cloud gaming anyway? With cloud gaming, a game you want to play is not calculated on the spot by the computer. Rather, a third-party computer, in the case of commercial offerings, of course a powerful computer or computer network from the respective provider, computes the game content. The calculated image comes as video stream to you. Control inputs from you, in turn, go to the application that takes care of managing the cloud game servant of the provider. In addition to PCs and laptops, cloud gaming can now also work via game consoles, tablets, smartphones or a suitable app on some smart TVs.
Some media sticks can also enable cloud gaming via a corresponding app or browser installed there – this is how you can use the cloud gaming service Google Stadia for example with one Chromecast Stick and implement a suitable controller via TV. Which end devices and applications are ultimately required always depends on the cloud gaming provider. Technically, gaming over your own network is very similar to cloud gaming, for example streaming from a PC in your office to a laptop in the living room, where you control the game on the laptop and the graphics are calculated with the PC. This is for example with Steam’s remote feature possible. But our specialty revolves around “real” online services.
There are many possible models that a provider can make available to the user. Two extreme cases can be used as poles: On the one hand, cloud gaming where you can only play certain titles and you have to buy them from the provider, which you can then only use with the same cloud gaming service. On the other hand, cloud gaming, in which the provider has absolutely nothing to do with the games, but only rents computing power and storage space, including access to Windows. In the latter case, you would be playing games and applications on your own computer via cloud client in the PC rental install and start. You remotely control a gaming PC and install Steam on your rental PC so that the rental PC can download and install the games you want.
But there are also mixtures of these principles. One of them is that there are already many games on the provider’s servers, so you don’t need to install anything yourself. But which of the games you can play depends on the business model: with one service you have to do it buy every game as a cloud versionwith the other you have an option for your subscription, for example 100 gamesand with a third party you have to play the game as Buy the “regular” version for Steam, for example, but can then launch it directly from the cloud gaming provider’s server by connecting the Steam account. You’ll see examples of this later when we mention some of the cloud gaming providers.
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