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Is cloud gaming the future of PC games? (Part 1)

Cloud games have many advantages but also exist many weaknesses. Cloud gaming is a concept that was born a long time ago but so far not many people have envisioned it.

Overall, the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthis technology is to take all the processing tasks that gamers had previously needed on PCs, on “cloud” servers, eliminating the need for a powerful gaming PC, have discrete graphics card; or gaming consoles today.

Cloud games have many similarities with video streaming technology, but the difference is that cloud games have interaction and video streams are not. Basically, the cloud-based game server will run the game, then transmit the gameplay to the player. Game control operations via mouse, keyboard, controller will go through the network to send to the remote server. The server does the heavy lifting, and your PC just receives the video and audio it transmits.

The benefits of Cloud Gaming

In theory, Cloud gaming has a lot of benefits, including as follows.

Reduce input costs for players

You do not need to spend money to invest, upgrade expensive hardware (PC, Console). With cloud-based games, you can play new games with your existing hardware. You can also buy a device to stream the game and a controller plugged into the TV and network at home to play games.

Play games on any OS, and on any device

Most of today’s high-end games are only for Windows or console platforms. However, in theory, with Cloud gaming, this limit will be removed. It can help any device (PC, tablet …) running any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows RT …) can play games that are only for Windows .

Integrating games into other devices such as TVs

TV manufacturers can integrate Cloud gaming support capabilities into their smart TVs. The TV also doesn’t need expensive, expensive hardware. Any TV with a software that supports the same controller can enable Cloud gaming experience through BigPicture BigSoud’s OnLive service or Sony’s Gaikai. There are also some smart TV models that integrate this feature like Samsung or LG TVs.