Have you ever wondered about the future of computer games? However, there are no better visual effects at all, making it possible to make the game into the reality surrounding us or 3D virtual worlds that can be merged with 3D goggles. Think about this way to access your favorite game – always, anywhere and from any device, if you want to play it.
At the moment it may seem unlikely. After all, you need a console, PC or even a tablet or smartphone. What’s worse, some titles are only released for one platform. For example, we do not play on PC or PlayStation 4 at Forza Motorsport 6, which was released exclusively on Xbox One. You can also completely forget to play PC or console games on the tablet – not only does not have enough computing power, the differences in the construction of the device itself and the operating system is so big that the game would require writing it practically from scratch And this is not always profitable for software developers. Fortunately, there is a way out of this deadlock. This technology is called Cloud Gaming, meaning playing in the cloud.
Playing with the cloud is a very simple idea, but at the same time difficult to achieve in technical terms. The idea is to transfer video and audio from an external server to any screen device and access to the Internet. This device can be a computer, a notebook, a tablet, a smartphone, and even a TV set or an internet refrigerator with its own screen. It is important that the device used by the user has his own screen and access to the Internet.
The game does not play on this device, but similarly to video on demand (eg) or when using music services like Spotify, the content is delivered directly from the server directly to the device in the form of a directly streamed data stream.. In other words, the game is always on the server from the game publisher or from the service provider of the game, and the player can access it from anywhere in the world using any Internet-connected screen device. This device, however, must allow the player to send feedback to the player’s server, such as the pressed buttons on the pad or places that the user touches on the screen for interactive play.
Playing with the cloud has one more advantage. Apart from being able to play without using a console or a PC, we also do not need computer skills. We always have access to the latest version of the game with its latest updates – it is the service provider’s care. From the user’s point of view, it is enough to point to the device we want to play and immediately we can sit in front of the TV in the living room or hold a smartphone on the train to destroy virtual opponents or race with friends in the latest title.
What’s important is that the gameplay can be done in full resolution, with all details and details included – even if your device does not have a 3D graphics card or enough computing power. Generating the most detailed picture in the game and the best sound quality is dealt with by the server at the service provider rather than our device. Thanks to that, for example in a few years, using the old tablet we will still be able to play the latest games with all the possible details.
The advantages of such a solution are enormous. First of all, we have access to a library of favorite game titles from anywhere in the world at any time. Secondly, we have the ability to switch to a game console for each device with a screen and access to the Internet. Thirdly, it is compatible with the latest games even the oldest devices. We do not have to buy any new hardware to play games, no complicated setup, no game discs, or download games to hard drive. We also do not need patches or updates.
Cloud Gaming systems have been available for some time now on computers. Now they are slowly entering the market of consoles, mobile devices and televisions. The latest example of this type of system is the GeForce NOW service offered by a well known graphics card vendor – NVIDIA.
According to the developers, GeForce NOW offers significantly higher throughput than current competing systems. This way, you can enjoy more entertainment and streaming quality from video and audio servers. GeForce NOW delivers smooth 1080p (Full HD) gaming at 60 fps, while competing services now offer up to 720p fps at up to 30 fps. Of course, the final image quality and gameplay fluctuations are largely dependent on the bandwidth of the user’s bandwidth.
By streaming, it is not necessary to download the game before launching or installing any files. So good video streaming and audio performance was achieved by locating Nvidia’s supercomputers in Europe as well. One of the server centers that support GeForce NOW is just behind our western frontier.
At GeForce NOW, we will find world hits, which have so far been lacking in the cloud gaming systems on the market. In the over 60 library items (new games are added once a week), you can find a variety of famous titles such as Batman, Metro or Lego. IMPORTANT, GeForce NOW provides games intended for the PC platform. Thanks to that, you can buy such high-profile titles as The Witcher 3: Wild Gon, Mad Max, Trine 3 and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Of course, in addition to receiving a digital code for use on a traditional PC.