The term “cloud gaming” may not be familiar to some. It isn’t exactly new, but it’s also not something many people know about. The concept is pretty simple, and services like PlayStation Now already take advantage of it. Basically, the machine that actually runs the game is hosted somewhere else across the country or even the world, and the game is being streamed to you.
But what exactly does that mean for you? Well, it means you don’t have to spend $3000 on a gaming PC because your PC isn’t the one that’s actually rendering the games.
I got early access to LiquidSky Gaming a while back. The service promises users with the ability to play AAA games on your smartphone, tablet, and PC. All you had to do was download the client, install your games, and instantly play your games.
The service is a monthly fee that gives you a certain number of hourly months, and you can pay more to play more. Although in the long term, it would be much cheaper to build your own, it’s not a bad price if you want to check out cloud gaming for the first time.
LiquidSky is a BYOG (Bring Your Own Games) service, and doesn’t sell or preinstall any games. So you’ll have to log in to your Steam, Uplay, or whatever you use to download and install your games. You can download and install any other software too, and when you log out and log back in, it keeps your settings intact. It’s also your own private environment so nobody else has access to it unless you give them the login info. Think of it as a remote computer that you can use 24/7.
The computers themselves are very capable machines, and the one I was testing at the time sported a GTX 1080 and I cracked a little smile playing Titanfall 2 on max settings on my MacBook Pro.
You do need somewhat decent internet. Not Google Fiber decent, but if you have a slow connection, your experience might be downgraded a bit. LiquidSky streams its games in high definition at 60 frames per second and your internet has to be able to keep up with that. Otherwise you’ll get stutters or the quality might drop. There’s also a fair bit of latency depending on your connection so it’s not recommended for online shooters or fast-paced games.
It’s worth checking out, and if I’m not mistaken they let you try it out for free. There are other cloud gaming services out there but this is the one I’ve personally had experience with. You can check it out here:https://gaming.liquidsky.com/
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