Cloud gaming (playing games via a remote server as opposed to a local machine) is currently performing very well indeed. While such services like GameFly, OnLive, and G-cluster couldn’t keep up with the pace, larger firms such as EA, Microsoft, and Google are either working on their very own cloud-based gaming service or are believed to be in the middle of creating one. Firms such as Tencent are joining forces with other tech companies in order to build even better cloud gaming services. After all, we aren’t talking about a short-term fad expected to come and go.
Cloud gaming in Netflix-like proportions might have sounded like just a dream only a few years earlier. Unlike music and movies streamed directly to your phone or TV, however, cloud gaming depends on the user sending inputs back to the cloud server while simultaneously receiving audio and video.
Unfortunately, there are a number of aspects that can make that difficult for someone gaming on a local machine, never mind streaming it themselves. It does appear as though these firms are determined to resolve these issues, however, so playing them via the cloud can be as good as gaming on high-end rigs. To determine the state of cloud gaming as it is right now, here are the current services on offer.
If you’re passionate about PC gaming and hate nothing more than the idea of playing on a console, and yet, at the same time, you want to play around with PlayStation exclusives, PlayStation Now is the solution. It’s made big strides since it first came on to the scene in 2016. The service now provides you with access to more than 750 PS2, PS3, and PS4 games that can be directly streamed to your PC. You’ll need a compatible PC, an Internet connection with a minimum of 5Mbps, and a PlayStation Network account.
PlayStation Now offers a seven-day trial, After the seven days, members are required to pay $20 per month to keep their account active. There are also three-month and 12-month subscriptions available, with the latter costing just $100, a saving of $140 when compared to monthly payments. If you only buy one or two PlayStation exclusives a year, however, it might not be a wise investment.
You can’t play PS4 games on your PC with a mouse and a keyboard. You’ll need to play with a. PS4 controller. You can’t play PS games on an Apple Mac with this cloud services either. One of the best selling points, however, is that you don’t need to purchase copies of the games available on the PlayStation Now. Your games can also be cross-saved between playing on PS4 and PC, so long as you’re logged into your cloud account.
For cloud gaming to enjoy success on a scale like Spotify or Netflix, having a high-quality Internet connection is a definite requirement. While GeForce Now is in beta mode, it already provides equal access to Mac and PC users. Nvidia offers a rundown on the hardware specs needed to use its service, so you’ll know the kind of Mac or PC needed to enjoy gaming on your computer via Nvidia’s services. The requirements are very basic.