3 Micro Resolutions To Transform Your New Year

Unlike streaming movies or music, gaming requires constant inputs from a user. Those button presses need to be sent to a computer server hundreds of miles away, tell your character how to move in the game, then have the video information fired back to your device where it’s displayed. Even the slightest hint of latency, or lag, will throw off the whole experience.

There’s also the fact that service providers need to build out data centers across the country dedicated to playing games. A company couldn’t, for example, build a data center in California and expect customers to play using its computers in New York; the latency would be too much to make the game truly playable.

It’s not just making sure the data can get back and forth from your device quickly, though. As Nvidia’s senior product manager for GeForce Now Andrew Fear points out, gamers’ home routers can be a chokepoint for data speeds that can impact the ability to stream games.

“You hear these great advertisements for like Fios, ‘Get 300 mbps in your home, AT&T (T) get your 1Gb broadband, these are really great stories of like the pipe as it ends up at your front doorstep or coming into your garage where it’s perfect,’ ” Fear said. “But then try getting that into your house at 100% quality everywhere, and you’ll find that what happens is people tend to have really bad routers or bad network setups that don’t have good quality.”

Fear, however, said that Nvidia is working with router companies to ensure that data speeds are up to snuff when it comes to handling streaming game data.

The benefits to game companies

The ability to play games whenever and wherever you want sounds great for gamers, but cloud services would also provide a real benefit to game companies like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. That’s because instead of having to sink money into manufacturing and selling the hardware gamers need to play games, a one-time purchase, they can charge monthly or yearly fees, generating a constant revenue stream. Consumers, meanwhile, get to access their games anywhere they want.

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Blade’s Shadow is housed in a large server facility similar to this one.

But what about Nvidia, a company that makes its own graphics cards that gamers use in their own home rigs?

“For the people who already own a GeForce GPU, I would say it like this, ‘You know, we have a terrific product for a standalone desktop card, which gives you the best performance in the world,’ ” said Nvidia’s Andrew Fear. “You can put a curved display on it, you can put VR, you can put 3 GPUs, you can put a Big Format Gaming display, you can do pretty much everything you want. And that market is always going to exist and therefore … we’re not trying to go in there and cannibalize that market and say GeForce Now should replace your next GPU.”

Naturally, game companies could also see an influx of new gamers who never would have thought of buying a high-end gaming PC or console, but are more than willing to try games on their smart TVs or tablets.

Take, for example, Mac users. While many games are available for Mac, the majority are still PC-only. But with a cloud service, Mac owners can play PC games on their machines without having to invest in a PC of their own.

A game changer?

So will cloud gaming change the industry? That depends on whom you ask. Proponents will tell you that it could spell the end of consoles. In fact, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Variety in an interview during CES 2018 that he believes the next console generation, the systems following the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, will be the last we see before all games are streamed.

Fear and Blau, however, aren’t ready to make such bold claims. Nvidia’s Fear says that while the gaming market is massive and continues to grow every year, he doesn’t think streaming services will replace desktop GPUs. Blau, meanwhile, says he can’t predict what will happen.

“I think at some point, the nature of the game console as we see it today is going to change,” he said. “So I wouldn’t necessarily call it the end of the consoles, but I think you are going to see changes over time. In the future are they going to be these big boxes with optical disk drives? Probably not.”

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3 Micro Resolutions To Transform Your New Year


3 Micro Resolutions To Transform Your New Year