Cloud gaming is coming and it’s going to be big! Here’s what we’ll cover;

  • What is cloud gaming?
  • How does it work?
  • Cloud gaming vs online gaming
  • Current cloud gaming platforms
  • When is cloud gaming coming to Australia
  • What internet speed does cloud gaming require?

What is cloud gaming?
Cloud gaming is gaming remotely, with gameplay hosted in a local data centre and streamed back to the user via high speed internet.

How does cloud gaming work?
Similar to streaming Netflix, the gaming experience is accessed remotely, allowing high performance gaming on any device, with minimal hardware requirements.

Thanks to the good ole laws of physics, data can only move so fast along a cable, meaning local data centres are crucial to providing a top notch gaming experience.

What do we mean by ‘local’ data centre?
For optimal cloud gaming, a data centre will need to be in your city, especially for us here in Perth.

Cloud gaming vs online gaming
With online gaming, the gaming experience is processed by the hardware in your home. Cloud gaming is processed by servers in a data centre, with a video feed of the game streamed back to you, wherever you are on whatever device you are using.

Is cloud gaming a big deal?
Gaming can be an expensive hobby, with consoles and power packed gaming PC’s costing into the thousands, with regular upgrades and new game costs adding regular wallet hitting purchases.

Cloud gaming will significantly reduce these hardware costs to the user. Accessories and peripherals will still be required, but expensive, high-performance computing hardware will no longer be necessary. Regularly updating hardware will also become a thing of the past, with all computer processing handled by the cloud gaming provider.

Current cloud gaming platforms
With the global gaming industry currently worth around $135 billion USD with 2.6 billion users, gaming is now worth more than both the movie industry and music industry combined.

So who are the current players in the market?

GeForce NOW by NVIDIA
GeForce NOW is the cloud gaming platform from global technology behemoth NVIDIA. Launched in beta in 2013 and in full in 2015 under the title NVIDIA Shield, the updated GeForce NOW was fully launched in February 2020 across Windows, macOS, Chromebook, Android and Shield TV devices.

Games available
over 2000

Where is GeForce NOW available?
America and Europe as well as a handful of other countries

Breaking news! GeForce NOW is coming to Australia in 2021, powered by Pentanet. Register for updates at Pentanet.GG

Google Stadia
Google launched its cloud gaming platform Stadia on November 19, 2019, with a limited number of games as well as a dedicated Google Stadia controller. After a bumpy rollout, Google offered a free two month subscription during COVID-19 this year.

Games available
50 games available for purchase plus 30 free games

Where is Google Stadia available?
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Microsoft XCloud (beta available in Australia)
One of the biggest heavy hitters in console gaming, Microsoft launched its cloud game offering XCloud on September 15th 2020 in 22 countries, exclusively on Android devices. The invite only, ‘preview’ version titled Project XCloud launched in Australia on November 18th, you can register to get access here.

Games available
150

Where is Microsoft XCloud available?
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK and the US. It is also available in beta (as Project XCloud) in Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico.

PS Now
Fully launched by Playstation in the US way back in 2015, PS Now currently offers a game library of over 650 games from its PS4, PS3 and even PS2 consoles.

Games available
650

Where is PS Now available?
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, USA.

Is cloud gaming available in Australia?
Breaking news! GeForce NOW is coming to Australia in 2021, powered by Pentanet. Register for updates at Pentanet.GG

Microsoft XCloud has released its preview beta version to users as invite only.

Internet speed will be crucial
One thing is certain, cloud gaming requires a fast, stable internet connection, with latency and video quality directly determined by the speed at which your internet connection can feed your game back to you from the data centre.

How fast are we talking here?
While Microsoft’s XCloud requires a minimum speed of 10Mbps, Google put together the below graphic to give a clear indication of what download speed is required for different video quality streams for Stadia.

Will you sign up for cloud gaming?
Cloud gaming is coming and it's going to be big. Who will be first out of the gate? What games will be available? What will they cost? So many questions. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you in the know!

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