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7-03-2009 @ 11:05AM
video seems choppy
7-03-2009 @ 12:08PM
This is NOT the future, at least not the NEAR future. And by near I mean anytime in the next 10 years or more. The basic problem is that you'll never be able to push enough information through the bandwidth pipe to compensate for everything that your hard, drive, ram, processor, and video card can do for you. Consider someone who has their WoW settings up to a good level, but not maxxed out, which is most of the people I know. In order to recreate that same level of graphical beauty, you'd have to have a HUUUUGE bandwidth pipe. And all the internet servers in between you and the game servers would have to have far BIGGER capacities than that. What if 10 people on your block are playing WoW through a server like this at the same time through, say, DSL. Does anyone really think the phone company is going to install tons of very high end equipment just so 10 people can play a game?No, there are FAR too many arguments against streaming gaming content. Steaming applications like microsoft Word is one thing, high quality games is very much another.
7-03-2009 @ 1:17PM
From what I understand, The game is being rendered on a virtual machine on a server with more ram and processing power than the average home computer has.With that the only information what would have to be transfered is a live video stream and the users input.So theoretically you could turn the games settings all the way up and it wouldn't affect the games performance. All you would have to worry about is adjusting the quality of the stream.The user input looked like it needs some work though. I noticed that when he tried to move the camera while playing WoW, the web app was not able to lock his cursor in place. Meaning if you tried to move it too far your cursor would fall out of the app and you would briefly loose control of the game. Also note that when he tried to interact with the npc nothing happened so he quickly closed out of the game to cover it up.Even though it looks like it has some issues, it IS only in beta. So there is a good chance the bugs will be ironed out before the service is released.It will probably be best suited for users with low end computers or people who want to try games before they buy them.
7-03-2009 @ 3:15PM
@ Ne0nguyActually, if he left-clicked the NPC, that's the behavior you would see/hear - not saying that he did, but don't know for sure.
7-03-2009 @ 6:56PM
The guy says at the start of the video that the game is running on his home machine. He's basically invented VNC.The potential of games designed to support streaming output are intruiging, but there aren't any games out today that feature these abilities.
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