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Cloud Gaming the Future of the Gaming Industry or Not?

Cloud Gaming the Future of the Gaming Industry or Not?

Hi guys! Today I will tell you my thoughts on Cloud Gaming and what it could mean for the gaming industry and for gamers in general. So, let’s begin.

If you are a gamer then you have probably heard about the term Cloud Gaming, but what is Cloud Gaming exactly?

Cloud Gaming is basically a new form of gaming that allows you to game without needing a gaming console or a super-fast pc, you can play AAA titles with high spec demands on your toaster laptop and all you need is a very fast internet connection.

A few years ago, something like this seemed like a dream but now its actually happening with Google announcing Google Stadia, which is coming next year.

With this new direction that the gaming industry is heading to there are some problems that come with it that you the gamers can’t and shouldn’t ignore.

First of all, if you choose to play games using Cloud Gaming, you choose to now have a copy of the game on your PC, since when you buy a game to play it using Cloud Gaming you basically just get access to the servers of the service you chose to buy it from and they do all the processing for you.

The only thing they need from you are the inputs to play the game and since you won’t have the game on your PC that means that you won’t be able to play the game offline, and if something goes wrong with your internet speed, the game will lag.

Also, if the service you use, let’s say Google Stadia, chooses to close down, what will happen to the game you bought?

Will they give you a key to buy it from somewhere else? Will they return the money to you? I don’t think so.

With this “new” direction that the Gaming Industry is heading to, the way you buy games will change completely.

You won’t buy games anymore, you will buy access to the games through the Cloud Gaming service you chose, you will have no game files on your PC.

This is just one of the problems though.

You could say “this is all optional, I will just buy games the old fashioned way, like through Steam for example, and download them on my PC at home, no problem for me. If the others want to take the risk, then let them take it, I’m all good.”

You see this is where you’re wrong.

How long will it be before this “optional” thing becomes the new norm, meaning that the only way to play games is through Cloud Gaming?

You think that won’t happen right? Here is why it will happen.

Cloud Gaming is the weapon that the Gaming Industry will use to “kill” piracy.

You probably have guessed why. With Cloud Gaming, as I said before you won’t be able to download the game files to your PC, and with no game files, pirates will have nothing to crack to make a cracked game.

This is the Gaming Industry’s wet dream and Cloud Gaming will make it a reality.

Of course, they can’t force it immediately, they plan to get there one step at a time.

Firstly with Cloud Gaming as a “new option” and then slowly, each game distributing platform will adopt the Cloud Gaming model.

You could say “I pay for my games so it’s not my problem” but do all the people that pay for their games have super-fast internet able to stream games from the cloud?

I don’t think so. Well, it seems the Gaming Industries answer to these people is “it sucks to be you”.  

Gaming will become something that you can’t do without a super-fast internet connection.

Oh, for those of you that have super-fast internet connection you have to search if you have a limited bandwidth because streaming games with cloud gaming take up a lot of bandwidth and you will probably run out of internet if you play for a lot of hours.

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In the end, is Cloud Gaming a good idea?

The answer for me is yes and no.

Yes, because in the future, the average internet speed for everyone is high enough to stream games so that everyone can enjoy gaming without having to worry about how fast their internet speed is.

No, because very few people can have internet that is fast enough for Cloud Gaming right now.

Additionally, I believe that they shouldn’t force Cloud Gaming to everyone.

Some people prefer to game using their own PC specs since latency is much higher when you use cloud gaming.

Moreover, many people want to be able to play games offline and that can’t happen with cloud gaming.

At the end of the day it all comes down to how it will be implemented and how “optional” it will be in the future. We just have to wait and see.

That’s it for my article guys. What is your opinion about Cloud Gaming? Do you believe it’s good or bad? Would you try it? Write your opinions in the comments below. See ya in the next article.

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