As always, there is a ton of buzz surrounding this weekend’s upcoming E3 announcements, and one of the bigger themes this year may be the intention to expand and improve upon the availability and functionality of cloud gaming services. Google’s game streaming service Stadia will be releasing in November and Microsoft’s xCloud is currently in closed beta. Both are expected to reveal much more about their plans to enter the cloud gaming world, and Netflix could possibly be getting in the game as well.
Cloud gaming, or a user’s ability to instantly access and play PC and console games via internet streaming, already exists through a few major companies. Sony and Nvidia currently offer subscription cloud gaming services through Playstation Now and GeForce NOW, respectively, although their game libraries are somewhat lacking due to licensing and platform limitations. Other cloud gaming services such as Vortex and have existed as early as 2015 and seem to be expanding rapidly. Amazon and Apple are also in the online gaming development process at the moment – because of course they are.
Although the success of the current cloud-based gaming experience has not yet been notable enough to cause a monumental change in the gaming industry, it’s possible that with other large companies jumping on board and pushing forward, we might be in for a whole different gaming arena in the coming years.Continue reading