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Cloud Gaming: When Gaming meets the cloud

Posted in Gaming, The cloud and the open source by Manas Ganguly on June 17, 2010

Content Streaming, Music Streaming and if the trend at E3 is to be believed, the world is now headed to Game Streaming. We would call it “Cloud Gaming”

The Gigahertz Microprocessors and the iPads of the world along with Cloud computing could be unveiling the age of “cloud gaming”. Several companies hope using cloud computing to store games will be the real shift by letting gamers play high-end titles anywhere, on almost any machine. A view to “cloud gaming” is that If fully realized, they say, cloud gaming could be a console killer. The need and the idea is to make video game content increasingly free from the restrictions of device and location, while showcasing the ability to instantly play the latest, most advanced games at the touch of a button. Cloud gaming uses rapid data compression to let users store their games “in the cloud” — on Web servers — and then pull them down and play them using a regular Web browser. It’s the same concept as storing photos on a site such as Flickr or music videos on a MySpace page. The user doesn’t actually have those files on any one particular computer but can access them from anywhere. The only thing the user needs is a capable device, a decent browser and an a fast internet connection. The iPAD seems to be a good answer in terms of a capable device.

The Assasins Creed II finds a new home in the cloud

There are a few companies which are making early inroads into the area of “cloud gaming” and some interesting game titles such as Assassins Creed II, “Batman Arkhalam Asylum” and “Mass Effect II” have found new homes in the crowd and more are to follow. Revenues are to be made from subscription services, or pay per play or even in terms of trail gaming before buying the real monty from a store. Microsoft with its Xbox Live network, Sony with its Play Stationplus, Virgin, aggregators like Onlive and Gaikal are early entrants into this new gaming construct.

Batman: Arkhalam Asylum is another blockbuster to go to the cloud

However, not everyone in the tech community is sold just yet on the concept of “cloud gaming”. Some question whether gamers, who presumably already have at least one gaming console, will pony up again for the ability to play their favorite titles from the cloud.Even if it costs less to rent or play a game — and it probably will … Game streaming will have a tough time competing with actual hardware for all but the most dedicated gamers.

Interesting piece and we would be keeping an eye on that.

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  1. Zatin said, on October 31, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the article Manas. I stumbled upon your article while researching on video gaming using the cloud computing technology. I am curious to know on how the cloud gaming websites like “OnLive” deal with the licensing part of a particular game? Do the companies charge such websites on a different basis and if so, what is it? Hoping you have an answer to my queries. I am writing a dissertation for my University purpose. Would you help me out understanding the above stated questions and more…?


    • Manas Ganguly said, on November 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

      Hi Zatin

      Thanks for writing in. Your question about licensing requires some about of detailing. Unfortunately for me, i am not well versed into this topic. However, i could come back to you with the details. You will have to give me time to review and analyse.

      If the time frame is Ok, i will only be able to come back to you by next week.

      A delayed response is regretted, but i am onto a family event which is going to take some time.


      • Zatin said, on November 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm

        Dear Manas,

        Thanks for the reply. I would appreciate the effort if you could help me out with any sort of information on cloud gaming. You can even help me in providing the source of information on the topic, if it’s not confidential, and I could do research on the same.

        The response time is absolutely fine with me. Hoping you have a great time with your family and wish you a safe and joyful Diwali.

        Thanks and regards,


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