Cloud Gaming

OnLive CloudLift to stream Steam games from anywhere

OnLive CloudLift to stream Steam games from anywhere

In the past, OnLive offered gamers the ability to play high-powered games over the internet in a web browser and through their high-powered mobile app. This week they’ve announced a system called OnLive CloudLift which allows the user to stream their already-purchased games through the cloud. This service will cost users $14.99 a month, and will start with 20 compatible games.

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NVIDIA GRID powers Amazon cloud computing “G2 instances”

NVIDIA GRID powers Amazon cloud computing “G2 instances”

This week the folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced that they're rolling with a new EC2 instance called "G2 instances", running with no less a technology than NVIDIA GRID. We've seen NVIDIA's GRID system pop up here and there over the past year, having originated all the way back at CES 2012 where it was first touted as a "revolutionary cloud-gaming architecture". Here in 2013, NVIDIA GRID provides hardware virtualization of their top-level GPU technology: Kepler.

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Microsoft prototypes cloud gaming, takes on Sony’s Gaikai

Microsoft prototypes cloud gaming, takes on Sony’s Gaikai

Microsoft insiders have revealed that the company is developing a cloud gaming system capable of streaming a high-quality interactive experience to a range of systems. The revelation comes just three months after Sony bought Gaikai, signaling the onset of a popcorn-worthy battle of the cloud gaming Titans that should keep us entertained for years to come. Sony is looking to roll out cloud gaming to PS3 and PS4 in 2014.

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Xbox One gets trio of ‘cloud consoles’ for extra crunching Microsoft explains

Xbox One gets trio of ‘cloud consoles’ for extra crunching Microsoft explains

The 300,000-server-strong Xbox LIVE cloud for the new Xbox One will share processing duties with the console, Microsoft has detailed, responsible for "latency-insensitive computation" like filling in background detail or figuring out complex lighting effects. The split crunching had been broadly outlined before, but Microsoft shared some specifics with Ars Technica, including how the system would amount to roughly three virtual Xbox One consoles per the one in your living room, and what visual impact it would have for gamers without a persistent internet connection.

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Xbox One vs Xbox 360: What’s Changed?

Xbox One vs Xbox 360: What’s Changed?

It's all change for Microsoft and Xbox today, with the new Xbox One shaking things up in the gaming world and meeting Sony's PlayStation 4 challenge head-on. The Xbox One has a lot to live up to, though: the 360 held the best-selling console torch for some time, and that's something Sony would just love to steal away with the PS4. Join us after the cut as we run through the next-gen console and how it compares to the 360.

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PlayStation 4 used games policy: yes and no

PlayStation 4 used games policy: yes and no

This week we've been following along with the release of the Sony PlayStation 4 and even stopped by the event to see what all the hype was about. One of the biggest questions that continues to appear is "will the PlayStation 4 play used games?" The answer seems to be yes - from what we've heard and what both Eurogamer and Engadget (amongst others) have heard, used games will function on the PlayStation 4. The question that's not been answered in any real way is: "what happens if I want to sell my PlayStation 4 games?"

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