The advance of the gamer community has led to an explosion. A lot of game developers are jumping onboard this new venue, as the technology presents itself.
The Technology, it seems is found in the use of servers boasting powerful Central Processing Units (CPU’s), and Graphics Processing Units (GPU). This new development is distinct from console-based computation, such as Steam or Xbox Live. The old model was that the content was processed and rendered locally, by hardware owned by the end-user.
Microsoft’s Xbox-One and Sony’s Playstation 4 (just now arriving on the scene currently process and render games locally. They they are independent computer systems, and the Multiplayer networks they connect to simply link gamers together.
Now, Content would streamed, like Netflix or Dishanywhere. Games, however, require a lot more power behind their performance. The key is in the CPU and GPU cloud servers.
Current Platforms boasting the Instant streaming Gaming
NVIDIA GRID Beta
We aren’t talking about Angry bird’s here. These cloud servers are the very bleeding-edge of technology. The are (or will) be capable of supporting the lasted 3d graphics engines like:
Crytek engine 3
Unreal Engine 3 and 4
It seems the gamer industry is pushing technology forward for the purpose of entertainment. While these new developments are exciting in terms of tech-advancement, there is a deeper problem that can be foreseen.
The Game developers presently just create games, and then distribute them out either digitally, or in disk form. The gamer pays for the content, and then the digital property rights are transferred to the individual. This new development could transform gaming a corporate-owned service provider.
Further yet, the likelihood of a company coming out on top, and buying out the competition, means that all games could fall under one name. Is this just mythology? Granted, game developers will remain creating unique content, but the distribution will have to made through the gaming cloud server leader.
But current brick-and-mortar game stores, like Gamestop, will see a slow, and painful demise…
Not as transformational as “Skynet” (Terminator), but if you ask me, it is taking the power away from the gamers. As the Gamestop motto goes: “Power to the players!”