Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cloud Gaming and the Future of Console Gaming [feedly]

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Cloud Gaming and the Future of Console Gaming
With the fall/winter 2013 release of Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the console world is starting to buzz about the possibilities of Cloud gaming. Now, we have to admit, we normally use this space to blog about more VPS Cloud centric topics however, we, like you, are nerds, geeks and gamers. Due to this, we are going to break from our normal indulgence in Cloud tech to talk about the future of console gaming and how it relates to the Cloud. Cloud Gaming: A Short History Before we can chat about the real subject of this post (the Cloud capabilities of PS4 vs. Xbox One), we have to take some time to cover the history of Cloud gaming. From the founding of Cloud gaming at the turn of the millennium to last year's acquisition of Gaikai (the world's largest Cloud gaming community) by Sony to Microsoft's announcement that legacy games will only be playable by way of optical disks and the launch of the worlds first open source Cloud gaming platform, GamingAnywhere, in April, the history of Cloud gaming is short yet full of interesting turns and developments. However, instead of writing about them, we made an infographic. It's below. Enjoy. Now, with that out of the way, let's chat about what all console gamers are currently talking about, the Cloud and the future of gaming. Playstation 4 vs. Xbox One Let's get right down to it. Both Playstation 4 and Xbox One have the ability to incorporate Cloud services into their console and yet, where one brand seems to be investing more into the PR of their Cloud infrastructure, the other brand seems to be investing more in the actual usage and game play of their Cloud incorporation. First, the bad. As taken from a report filed by Forbes.com, Microsoft originally had plans to allow Xbox One gamers to play legacy Xbox games via the Cloud – essentially to steam content, much like users steam content from Netflix, through their home console. The steaming content would maintain save points, have additional CPU cores for higher processing power and have Cloud storage built in. Microsoft originally had plans for this yet now, Microsoft officials have been stating gamers can use the Cloud however they will not be able to play legacy games via the Cloud. For that, the original optical drive disk will be needed. So, we hope you have your old games. Now, the good. While Microsoft is touting its Cloud solution, PS4 has quietly built its Cloud infrastructure with the help of recently Sony purchased Gaikai. Gaikai, the leading Cloud gaming company, was purchased by Sony in 2012 for their 200 plus titles, their already well established Cloud gaming infrastructure and their experience in Cloud gaming. A direct result of the purchase: PS4 gamers will be able to play legacy games via the Cloud. Along with playing new games (full titles will be available) Sony made the choice to release the entire library of PS games via the … Continue

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