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Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right For Me?

Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right For Me?

Video Streaming or File Streaming: Which Cloud Gaming Platform Is Right for Me?

Cloud gaming is, perhaps, one of the most important innovations to hit the gaming world in recent memory. The capability to wile away your time blasting enemies or saving the captured princess, all in tandem with others around the globe, propels what would be a simple and enjoyable experience into one that is truly exceptional. No matter which genre of game you enjoy the most, playing it in the cloud is sure to enhance its enjoyment by an order of magnitude.

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Historically, when it came to video games of virtually any type, files for the game were solely contained on the computer it was being played on. This included all data associated with graphics, sound and input commands, as well as the processing of video output. This is in sharp contrast to what you will find when playing games in the cloud, with some or most of the files being hosted on the providing company’s servers.

Cloud gaming can be split into two different and specific types, both of which have strengths and weaknesses, which make them more suitable for some situations, and less so in others. The two methods of service are video streaming and file streaming.

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Video Streaming

Video streaming, when related to cloud gaming, involves the hosting and processing of virtually all game content on the hosting-provider’s servers. By and large, this bypasses the need for virtually any type of computer or tech device to run it on, given that all computing operations are handled by the remote server. Perfect examples of cloud gaming providers that use video streaming with their services are Gaikai and OnLive.

  • Pros: Video streaming allows you to play your games without the necessity of purchasing expensive hardware. In essence, you can play games, no matter how resource-intensive they are, without being limited by your tech device’s power
  • Cons: Video streaming demands a fast and stable internet connection, even more so than with file streaming. This is due to the fact that every aspect of the data needed to run the game is transmitted over the internet, prompting the need for large amounts of bandwidth. 

File Streaming

File Streaming handles the cloud gaming world a little differently. Initially, once the game has been selected from the provider’s library of content, a small portion of the code, usually around five percent, is downloaded onto your computer. This allows you to start playing the game instantly, while the rest of the code is downloaded and installed. Service providers that use file streaming for their content include Appoxy and Kalydo.

  • Pros: Given that much of the code used to run the game will be stored locally on you device’s hard drive, bandwidth concerns are not as important. This makes a low to average connection speed still suitable for this type of service. 
  • Cons: With this added data comes the need for a place to put it. This mandates a least some form of internal storage in your device, usually one with the capacity to store gigabytes worth of information. In addition, the amount of RAM, the power of you video card and the speed of your processor will all come into play when it comes to how well the game plays. 

Conclusion

Selecting the right provider when it comes to cloud gaming is extremely important, and must conform to the hardware you have, or able to acquire. By doing so, you can be sure that your cloud-gaming experience will be the best it can possibly be.

By Joe Pellicone

The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming

The Evolution Of Mobile Gaming

The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

Ever since the smartphone made its first widespread commercial debut close to the beginning of the last decade, one of its most enjoyable uses has always been its ability to play video games. With the subsequent drop in prices for the phones themselves, as well as the plans for the services used to run them, more and more younger people have become smartphone owners. This has led to a dramatic surge in the popularity of using these devices to pass the time with a little excitement and enjoyment.

With the mainstream introduction of tablet PCs over the last few years, mobile gaming has started to experience a noticeable uptick in the scale and quality of games that are available. Instead of simply being able to choose from basic and graphically-challenged offerings, more and more advances are being made, which are leading to an increased level of sophistication. While basic apps like Angry Birds are fun, having the option to play something similar to what you would find on a console or desktop PC has started to generate interest in mobile games as something more than just to kill time.

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The main cause behind this evolution is the increased speed and power that you will find in many of the newer tablet PCs. Quad-core processors, storage capacities in the scores of gigabytes and powerful graphics interfaces are all contributing towards making devices that can rival many desktops in game sophistication. In addition, the tablet PC’s larger screen size makes viewing more detailed games much easier, further contributing to the overall experience.

Historically, one of the primary obstacles to developing a mobile game that could actually compete with something similar to what you would see on a console or PC is the fact that tablets use touchscreen interfaces. Because most traditional games use either a keyboard and mouse or game controller to play them, finding a way to operate the game controls in a manner that would be easy for most gamers to adopt was a problem.One of the primary indicators of the probability of further innovations and enhancements being made in this market is the fact that top game designers for consoles and PCs are starting to bring many well-loved titles to mobile platforms. Huge hits like The Sims, Mass Effect and Dead Space are just a few of the titles that have been introduced for mobile platforms by industry leader, Electronic Arts. These games allow you to commandeer the lives of fantasy characters, save the universe or slay waves upon waves of frightening monsters, all from your tablet PC.

One of the most effective solutions for these input difficulties is the development and marketing of controllers that are designed specifically for tablet PCs. Because most tablets do not come equipped with many of the ports that a desktop has, existing controllers were not compatible with them. Instead of using these ports for connectivity, designers have instituted Bluetooth as the method of interface. This allows for a full gaming experience without any wires or cables necessary.

As with any developing market, mobile gaming is still fleshing itself out and building on the different ideas that show themselves to be worthwhile prospects. As this evolution proceeds, expect the future to bring even greater heights of usability and performance in the world of mobile gaming.

By Joe Pellicone

How Gaming Has Adapted And Adopted The Cloud

How Gaming Has Adapted And Adopted The Cloud

How gaming has adapted and adopted the cloud

If you follow the gaming scene in its entirety, you have undoubtedly noticed some changes over the past few months. The major change on the gaming scene has undoubtedly been the arrival of the next gen consoles, after years of speculation and rumors. Both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One are big hits so far, and after testing them both, and after testing them both I was glad to see that they have greatly improved the whole gaming experience. And one of the things I liked the most was, not unexpectedly, the integration of cloud management.cloud-gaming

When I first got my hands on an Xbox 360, playing a game was pretty straightforward: buy the console, buy the game on a disc, put the disc in the console, run the install and play. It was the same with the Playstation 3. The problem was that you relied on that single disc, without it you’d simply lose access to the game.

Nowadays, things have changed and it’s all more “2014“: you still buy the console, and you still buy the game – there’s no working your way around that. But now, you don’t have to keep all your discs in a safe, because once you buy the game it’s permanently attached to your account, and you can download it anywhere – even on another console if you want to change it. Also, any progress you make inside that game is saved in the cloud, so you won’t lose that either!

Moving on from the consoles, let’s take a look at one of the fastest growing gaming markets out there: mobile gaming. The two major players here, Apple and Google, both implemented cloud saving solutions for developers to use. These solutions make it easy for the user to have game-specific information saved and readily and easily accessible. Also, things like achievements, rankings and competitions are all made simple with the Google Play Games service and Apple’s Game Center.

And last, but not least, PC gaming. Here we have one behemoth that towers over all other PC cloud gaming solutions: Steam. The gaming platform basically saves all of your PC games in one place, under one interface, with one friends’ list, one account, one everything. It saves your settings, your progress, your entire gaming activity. It’s also easy to buy games, and easy to find new ones – so much so that it has convinced more people to buy games than any anti-piracy campaign I’ve seen.

If you’re a gaming fan, you should be glad you live in the era of cloud computing. It has made gaming easier, and more fun, by eliminating all the hassle and focusing on what truly matters: the games themselves.

By Andrei Maguleanu

Pinup: Shodogg Technology Allows Universal Data Access

Pinup: Shodogg Technology Allows Universal Data Access

Shodogg Technology Allows Universal Data Access

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A technology startup with a demonstrated track record of performance and innovation, Shodogg offers businesses, government, and other end users the opportunity to access data from any mobile device and display the information on smart screens anywhere else in the world.

Founded in 2011, the company, which operates from offices in New York City and Sydney, Australia, recently earned recognition as a 2013 Top 50 Companies to Watch by AlwaysOn. In addition, the company garnered considerable attention when actor and director Seth Green, an investor in the organization, and AOL featured its patented products in the Acting Disruptive series. Shodogg also made headlines in January when the company partnered with Australia-based Tripleplay Services on a specialized BYOD/BYOC (Bring Your Own Device/Bring Your Own Computer) for the hospitality industry.

The buzz surrounding Shodogg revolves primarily around the ease of use and ready accessibility offered by its products. The company’s technology enables users to access any data stored on the cloud or a server and transmit that information to targeted phones, computers, tablets, and other smart screen devices. Moreover, Shodogg’s groundbreaking products facilitate accessibility and transmission without jeopardizing security even in public settings or broad geographic regions.

In addition, Shodogg’s Swappable Media Player promotes the display or demonstration of a wide variety of files and locations; the product allows users to pull different types of files from any number of clouds or media players. This capability optimizes a user’s ability to disseminate information in the most effective or interesting manner possible while enhancing the experience of those watching and listening to the demonstration or program. Shodogg clients also benefit from holistics analytics that promote evaluation by businesses, sales teams, and other users.

Shodogg products require no specialized hardware and work on every type of smart screen and operating system. Security is augmented with customized synchronization codes and device and user authentication. The company’s products are scalable, allowing users to expand their target audience to any number of customers or colleagues.

In addition to Seth Green, investors in Shodogg include William G. McGorry, the Chairman of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; Gregg Spiridellis, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officedr at JibJab Media; and Jonathon Carson, the Chief Revenue Officer at Vevo. For more information about the company and its products, visit shodogg.com

By Mary Elizabeth

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Cloud Infographic: XBOX One VS. Playstation 4 (Who Will Win The Battle Of Black Friday?)

Cloud Infographic: XBOX One VS. Playstation 4 (Who Will Win The Battle Of Black Friday?)

Cloud Infographic: XBOX One VS. Playstation 4 (Who Will Win The Battle Of Black Friday?)

In the spirit of the approaching Black Friday and follow up to the PS4 Vs. Xbox One Gaming Consoles infographic.  We felt that this infographic called “Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Who Will Win the Battle of Black Friday?” courtesy of SDL (LSE: SDL) was more than suitable.

SDL ranks each console with its patent-pending Product Commitment Score (PCS) using models generated by its Customer Commitment Framework™ that isolates social conversations as customers go through journey shopping stages.

SDL predicts a wide gap in PCS scores between PS4 (54) and Xbox One (48) driven by events that impacted scores since February including:

  • PS4 gains initial momentum by announcing months in advance of Xbox One
  • Targeted messaging to hardcore gamers for PS4 and families/connected living room for Xbox One
  • PS4 “Perfect Day” campaign more effective at driving initial sales than Xbox One “Invitation” campaign
  • Price differential between the consoles

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Infographic Source: SDL

PS4: Hype Or Reality

PS4: Hype Or Reality

PS4: Hype Or Reality

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The wait is finally finished; the release of the PS4 is this Thursday at midnight!  Sony PS4 has had quite a bit of attention over the past few months all due to this cloud enhanced gaming console. The release is going to be an epic

event for all gamers. Many cities across the United States have begun to have people converge into a line for the midnight release. Sony is hosting an event in New York and has extra PS4 games. It has many of the top game sites having countdown counters to the day of the launch, such as on game spot . The hype around the new Sony game system is brewing to an all new height of curiosity. The questions being asked most has to do with can a game console be this good or is it too good to be true?

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The prediction is that this game console is one of the hottest items on all Christmas lists. It is set to do record breaking sells all across the world. But, is all this hype worth it just for a video game console? The answer will be answered when many gamers who have waited all night in a line at different stores gets the Sony PS4 home and plays for the first time. Sony is launching the PS4 at a loss but will recoup with the end of the year holiday sales of the game console. Sony PS4 sells is expected to be in the millions by the end of the year. Sony PS4 will have a fantastic start to the new year if all predictions of the sales of the game console turn out to be true.

Sometimes the hype of a new product can hurt, but the reality will not be known to full affect until after this release launch weekend.

PS4 gives a new idea to the fun of gaming by providing better user interface and offers the best graphics for all gamers. This is a wonderfully modern shaped console with easy set-up and game play availability. Many gamers have listened to the hype and are getting ready to celebrate the reality of physically playing the video game console. Follow the updates on the PS4 launch at www.NYDailyNews.com. Sony PS4 will be amazing if it lives up to all the hype. If it fails to live up to the hype, then the dreary reality will set in and the sales of Sony PS4 will show it. The positive feedback of those who have gotten a first look and tested a Sony PS4 has been nothing but extraordinary. This is the future of the cloud based video game console and the future is bright.

By  Tiffini Taylor

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Cloud Capabilities: Xbox One

Cloud Capabilities: Xbox One

Cloud capabilities:  Xbox One

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Azure cloud service will be available at Xbox One’s launch. Microsoft says that their new gaming console can offload some computations to the cloud in order to increase local power of the console. Xbox One games could be streamed live and shared via the cloud. Similar to its rival Sony, Microsoft also promises to integrate faster online multiplayer experience.

Capabilities

Regarding cloud capabilities, Xbox One has a clear advantage over PS4 due to the fact that Microsoft has been running the Azure cloud since 2010 for its enterprise users and already has Halo 4 multiplayer running on its cloud. At the moment, more than 300,000 virtual servers around the world are ready to support the Xbox One. On the other hand, Sony is still integrating Gaikai, and it will launch its cloud service several months after the release of the PS4 this week in the US on November 15th, 2013.

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Challenges of cloud gaming

Will Microsoft’s cloud advantage over Sony be really so important to win the next gaming console war? The two biggest challenges of cloud usage are latency and bandwidth. Latency affects how immediate the request of the cloud could be because the internet is slow in terms of real-time computing. So, only game elements that not need to be updated every frame could be utilized by the cloud. Significant bottleneck is also bandwidth: average broadband speeds can’t be compared to the internal bandwidth of a modern gaming console. Cloud is not suitable for real-time jobs, but it could be used for large datasets that are non-time critical due to virtually limitless storage of the cloud. Ambient AI background tasks and some forms of lighting are also candidates for processing on the cloud. Cloud computing is a relatively new concept in gaming, and we hope that main players fulfill promises and introduce us to new ideas and practical demonstrations on how the cloud can advance the overall gaming experience.

Infographic Source: http://xboxnews.game.co.uk/xbox-one-info

By Darko Androcec

PlayStation 4: Why The Next-Gen Gaming Console Is Relevant For You

PlayStation 4: Why The Next-Gen Gaming Console Is Relevant For You

PlayStation 4: Why The Next-Gen Gaming Console Is Relevant For You

The upcoming release of the PlayStation 4, the apparently touted ‘next-generation gaming console’ scheduled on November 15 in the US has created quite a splash in the gaming community. The latest offering from Sony starts around $499, and a number of its catchy features and titles already have gaming enthusiasts excited around the globe.

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“So what’s actually the fuss all about?”- might be your question as a non-gamer, or simply non-techie person. But for a hardcore gamer, or simply one who loves to have a complete entertainment device at home, the PlayStation 4 is a much awaited release. With the PS4 coming equipped with a GPU of 18 Compute Units, it can generate processing power up to 1.84 teraflops that can make your graphics around eight percent sharper and faster than before, said a recent report on The Guardian quoting industry insiders. What does that mean for you? Simply put, it means that you will be able to experience gameplay graphics which ‘almost’ resembles reality, or at least premium quality animations.

A major feature of the PS4 is its cloud computing compatibility with online gaming facilities connecting you to remote servers on the cloud. As a result, online players can explore and help cloud gaming evolve, with features like artificial intelligence and macro-controls being generated on a more organized basis. As a result, it is quite possible that in the near future, PS4 would pave the way for a rich host of cloud-based games equipped with life-like characters and intelligence.

As far as the game titles are concerned, Sony released the full list of games available on the PS4 a few months back on its official PS4 blog. A number of blockbuster titles like the Uncharted series and LittleBigPlanet titles would be exclusively available on the PlayStation 4 alongside multi-platform titles like Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Fifa 2014. However, backward compatibility is a major issue with the new PlayStation, as most old titles even from PS 3 would not be compatible with the new PS4. However, according to industry sources, a limited number of PS3 titles might be available on PS4 from next year on a streaming basis from the cloud.

Aside from hardcore gaming enthusiasts, the PS4 is also a complete entertainment device for the home user. It comes with a broad array of exciting features, including the now commonplace practice of playing music and video on your console alongside streaming online TV and YouTube. The PS4 Vita is a significant introduction in this regard, as it enables you with remote playing options and multi-screen output right from your device. Also, with true 1080p video output and HDMI interface, the PS4 can be hooked to a host of modern TV and monitors out there which provide you with crystal-clear display.

In a nutshell, the PlayStation 4 is a significant step from Sony toward the future of next-generation gaming. With a multitude of features and exciting titles, the PS4 is certainly a console that is here to stay for a long time.

By John Rosenblum

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