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Sunrise spoke on Monday of a world novelty, Google of the future of gaming. Both companies have announced almost at the same time services for video player, with which you can access to Play massively want to simplify. With them there is no need for powerful consoles or a high-bred Game-PC more. The games need not be downloaded and installed. The games run in the data center by the operator. Via the Internet, the video signal to the player and the control commands of the controller passes back to the Server.

it's called game Streaming or Cloud Gaming, and it has the advantage that the user has his title on nearly every device: television, Laptop, phone or Tablet. Google's service is called Stadia.

In a Video, Google shows how the new Gaming service is working.

The search engine company wants to bring to play with him billions of people to the video. In the summer, Google Manager Jack Buser said at the game fair "Gamescom", "if we only reach 100 or 200 million people, we have done something wrong". Stadia is since Monday in 14 countries, but not in Switzerland.

games at your discretion

Sunrise cooperates for its Game Cloud, with the Paris-based company game stream, which provides the infrastructure. The trick is that Sunrise is that the user for the subscription fee of 9.90 CHF per month (you can use the first three months free), all of the games from the catalog. He so far includes around 50 something older title. Google Stadia with 22 titles at the Start and costs 10 Swiss francs in the month. Most of the titles must be purchased separately. A flat rate, there is not.

At Sunrise, the Game Cloud is also a promotional vehicle for 5G. In order to use it, you need either a Smartphone or a Router for the latest generation of mobile technology. One of the Strengths of 5G, the low latency of the network, which transfers data with very short delays possible power. This, in turn, is a crucial prerequisite for smooth Play.


launched The idea of Game Streaming is not new. The founders of the Californian company On Live had to stream in 2003, the idea of Software via the Internet. Besides the game offer you could rent access to a virtual Windows PC. The has listed the company in 2012, bad Post Microsoft: The group was threatened with a lawsuit, because the Streaming violates the terms of use of Windows 7. On Live switched to the server version of Windows that could be streamed.

On Live demonstrated ten years ago that it is technically possible, the games also bring the phone. But this was only possible with compromises: The image quality had to be reduced for the Transmission via the Internet, and the delays were, depending on the game are noticeable to distracting. In addition, a Connection interruption could cause even then the progress was lost and you had to start its game session from the beginning.

The On-Live service was discontinued in April 2015, and the technology Sony sells. Sony has bought Gaikai also a pioneer in the streaming business and, in 2014, PS Now launches. A year later, the Californian graphics card manufacturer Nvidia went with a Ge Force Now at the Start.

Microsoft and EA want to be in 2020

Other sizes of the game industry start to have their own projects in the works: Microsoft carries on his Project xCloud beta testing and it will open presumably in the next year for the audience. Even Electronic Arts, a major game manufacturer, has been working since the fall to a streaming service. For Project Atlas, there is no official start date. But it is believed that it will take off like Microsoft in 2020.

The pioneer On Live, it already showed: If you can stream video games, then this is just as good with normal applications. Since Windows 2000 is Microsoft's operating system has a built-in remote desktop. With this system function you can control his PC via the Internet remote. This can be done using either another PC or a Tablet or a Smartphone, and the Remote Desktop App is available for Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads. For private users a free Alternative is Teamviewer. It is easier to use and also available for the Mac.

Virtual PC is for rent

Finally, there is also the possibility, via the Internet, not on a private Computer access, but to hire the service provider of a virtual Desktop. This has undeniable advantages: As a user, you don't buy power reserves on stock, but hires them as needed. As a terminal is also an old, low-power Computer meets its purpose, even if you have to deal with time-consuming tasks such as video editing or 3-D Modeling to. And the user is not tied to an operating system, but Bay Windows, Mac or Linux according to your needs.

Shadow is one of the vendors, not just Games , but also virtual computer jobs available.

This business is also called "Desktop as a Service", and it is expected to grow by 2023 to $ 2.6 billion in sales, according to US market analyst Gartner Inc. But only less than five percent of the company would be converted PC to the virtual way of working.

The trade magazine "c't" carried out at the beginning of the year Tests and came to the conclusion that this Form of Cloud computing is also attractive for private users. The difference between the local Desktop and the Cloud Desktop is not "noticeable". Were tested Shadow.tech (15 Swiss francs per month), Parsecgaming.com (price depending on the configuration), and Liquidsky.com (settlement via Credits).

Created: 19.11.2019, 20:48 PM

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