A relatively new concept that are emerging in the gaming community is cloud gaming. Cloud gaming is a new and exciting way to game that makes it possible to run AAA titles on a relatively low end laptop/desktop.
A company called LiquidSky is one company in which provides this service. Like most popular streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, HBO etc.) LiquidSky allows you to “stream” numerous AAA tiles over the internet. What makes streaming games so unique is that all the heavy work, the processing and the performance of the game is done by LiquidSky. This allows for good gameplay on relatively low tier gaming setups. LiquidSky’s webpage suggests that there are three tiers of service, the first being free while the two other being a premium subscription service. The service works by you paying skycredits ranging from 60-240 pr/hr depending on your preferred performance package.
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Cloud gaming is unique as it allows heavy duty games to be run stable on computers with a poor cpu or gpu. The processing is done by LiquidSky’s high end servers which allows any game to be run at 30+ or 60+ fps depending on your desired performance package.
Cloud gaming is an exciting new opportunity for more people to play a range of varied games at a relatively low cost. Cloud gaming also allows gamers who have been unable to play heavy duty games the opportunity to play them. Apple Macintosh (Mac’s) have been regarded as poor gaming laptops as they do not perform as well as Windows operated laptops due to their limited access to games and poor specs. With cloud gaming Mac users can finally play from a large database of games at a reasonable performance level.
With new innovations like cloud gaming the future for gaming is looking brighter than ever before. It will be a matter of time before we can connect our phones to a monitor and play AAA titles.