According to research data by Statista, the cloud gaming industry will grow to a whopping USD 450 million by the end of 2023 from USD 45 million in 2017. Cloud gaming makes it possible for low-powered computing devices such as phones and non-gaming laptops to run compute-intensive, high graphics games. With the advent of 5G internet speeds, the big names in the world of technology will further capitalize on it, as it will give a boost to the adoption of cloud-based gaming services. Scroll through the slides to know which are those big names and what they are upto when it comes to cloud gaming.
Owner of the leading cloud infrastructure platform - AWS, Amazon is reportedly working on a cloud gaming service which may roll out as soon as 2020. Amazon has been testing video game development for a long time as evident from its demo of a hybrid cloud game in 2014. Amazon also owns a game studio and a cloud business which services third-party game studios. Amazon also acquired Twitch in 2014, which is the world's leading live streaming platform for gamers.
Microsoft is also creating its own cloud gaming service, with the name xCloud for its users to stream Xbox games to all types of devices, without having to buy expensive gaming hardware. Microsoft recently gave a public demo of xCloud and the company plans on releasing trials later this year. According to Microsoft, the same developers working on its Xbox product will expand the games on xCloud gaming service across all devices with no additional work.
Gamers can transform their macOS and Windows PC computing systems into a high-performance gaming rig with Nvidia's cloud-based GeForce NOW GPUs for free during the beta period. All users need is a good Internet connection and a minimum basic system requirements and they are set to go. GeForce NOW uses the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, which deliver outstanding performance on newest games. This makes it possible for GeForce NOW to stream games with settings and frame rates that exceed what is possible on most PC laptops, under-powered desktop PCs or Macs.
Chinese tech giant- Tencent- has been reportedly testing a cloud gaming service called 'Start', which is currently available to test in Shanghai and Guangdong. Tencent Instant Play is a collaboration between Tencent and Intel, in which the latter provides the graphics rendering support for cloud gaming service to users in China.
Google first rolled out its Project Stream in October 2018 and it was available for testing from October to January to US gamers. It was officially introduced by Google at the 2019 Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 with the name Stadia. On Stadia, Google will let users play cloud games in the highest quality on any device, including even those with low-performance specifications such as normal laptops, TVs and phones. AMD will provide graphics rendering for the games on Google Cloud.