Cloud is the future of gaming; This is how

Cloud is the future of gaming;  This is how

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When was the last time we bought a CD or downloaded our favorite playlist or used our games console? Maybe not in the last decade or so, right? Since the integration of cloud technology into several applications across the virtual world, the “download” button has become redundant.

Streaming our favorite songs from Spotify, watching videos on streaming apps and playing games online – these have been some of the disruptions that have revolutionized the way entertainment content is consumed today. The integration of cloud technology into various spheres of entertainment has radically changed the way companies conduct their business.

The Rise of the ‘Cloud’

It all started with a harmless drawing. Back in the early days of the internet, technical diagrams represented the servers that make up the internet as a cloud. As more computing processes became involved, the images became fixed, and the term became popular as a concise way of expressing where the computing processes took place.

“The cloud” refers to servers accessed over the Internet, which enable users to access their files and applications from almost any device, because the data processing and storage takes place on servers in a data center, rather than locally on the user’s unit. This is also what allows us to access all our previous information and posts on Instagram even when we log in via a new device.

Cloud Computing and Cloud Gaming

At the core of it, they apply the same principles – using cloud technology to achieve their goals. While cloud computing is applied to system processes, data storage, servers and the like across a wide range of applications, Cloud gaming only involves the processing of the game in the cloud – graphics, characters, backgrounds, operations – basically all of the game’s content. So basically, just like we would stream movies or series on our favorite OTT platform, we can live to play online video games as well.

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Looking up the cloud

With online gaming, a robust ecosystem has developed around it. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is the backbone of the cloud, allowing vendors to scale their platforms for new applications and extend existing ones to a larger audience.

With users across continents collaborating via the cloud, Content Delivery Network (CDN) software becomes a critical component that routes the delivery of digital content from the origin server to one as close to the end user as possible.

Thus, a multiplayer round of Rummy, the obligatory Diwali round with friends, will feel real-time, minus the latency. Load Balancing Software helps distribute resources in case of fluctuating traffic volumes. Thus, infrastructure comes together to deliver a seamless high-definition, resource-intensive experience for the end user.

Cloud is emerging as the preferred address for most players

Online gaming has been plagued by various concerns since its inception. Security, investment in high-quality infrastructure, and multi-device compatibility have all been barriers to entry for more players. However, Cloud has solutions for these.

Data stored on secure servers ensures that the possibility of hacking is virtually eliminated. Data can no longer be stored locally. Processor power, graphics capacity and memory storage limitations are now a thing of the past with the cloud opening the doors to unlimited access, entertainment or gaming excitement, regardless of whether our devices are advanced or not.

Cloud has also democratized game access; a single subscription can provide access to thousands of games online, thus making it available to a much larger community of players. The customized back-end for various operations and games is now possible, so that real-time help can improve the user experience manifold. Cloud allows for upgrades to reach users immediately, thus ensuring better engagement and reach with the gaming community.

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To say Cloud technology is the future is to state the obvious. As an enabler, it touches the lives of people on the virtual highway via multiple touch points – and the gaming industry is also in the middle of it. Recognizing its potential, the fraternity has enthusiastically embraced Cloud and the next couple of years will witness the transformation it ushers in.

This is a never-ending game where the stakes will increase further as we continue!

This article was written by Mihir Sanchala Assistant Vice President of Technology, PlayerzPot.

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