The Future of Cloud Gaming

Imagine a world where gaming isn't limited by your PC build specs...

Imagine a world where gaming isn't limited by your PC build specs, or the space you've eke'd out in the spare room to work on it without interruption. Imagine more immersive worlds, more compact consoles, and never having to tearily delete old saves to play the latest title.  


What is Cloud Gaming? 


That's the promise of cloud gaming. Look back a decade and you'll understand just how revolutionary this is - games streamed directly to your device from remote servers. No need for expensive consoles or installations; just you, your device, and an internet connection. From smartphones to tablets, the potential for accessibility is unparalleled.  


And it's already happening.  


The recent release of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, a discless console, marks a significant step towards the future of cloud gaming. Sony wanted to signal a shift to a future where physical media becomes obsolete. And the discless console sold well. Clearly, some consumers are on board with the move to streaming-centred gaming.  


But not everyone is fully primed for a cloud-first future.  


Issues with Cloud Gaming 


There are mutterings of dissent among gamers, particularly among NVIDIA Ge Now customers. According to one Reddit user on the Stadia subreddit a few years ago, "Behind all of the marketing talk and fanboy dreams of being able to play PC games at max settings with ease, the true nature of GeForce NOW, Stadia and cloud gaming is the complete 'control' it affords the gaming industry. It allows them, at any time, to revoke access to the games that you PAID for, and forces you to connect online 24/7" 


Essentially, nothing purchased via a cloud gaming service is truly your property. When it comes to ownership, you are banking on the provider continuing to allocate server space to your purchase.  


But it's not that clear cut. A commenter replied, "Lack of ownership is there for all digital product everywhere and not just Cloud gaming. Every single digital product you buy can be revoked at any time. For all platform, since always. If you only buy online digital product on a PS4, then you are almost on the same boat as Stadia."  


And what of performance issues? While the accessibility and ease of cloud gaming is enticing, it's not without its challenges. Performance issues like lag and input delays can disrupt gameplay, turning what should be an immersive experience into a frustrating "rage quit" experience (RIP your PS5 controller.) 



What's coming next for cloud gaming?  


The future of cloud gaming certainly looks bright. Analysts believe that by 2032, the global cloud gaming market is set to skyrocket in value past $48.552.2 million, boasting a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42%.  


And a closer look at market trends reveals a shift in focus: major players are doubling down on cloud gaming platforms and investments. In August last year, Ubisoft announced a deal with Microsoft, granting the publisher the cloud streaming rights for Call of Duty and all other Activision Blizzard games, in perpetuity.  


Also included are all games released in the next 15 years! If that doesn't signify an industry bullish on cloud gaming, what does? 


Plus, the tech involved in cloud gaming is right at the edge of a revolution. With 5G taking the world by storm, engineers and developers are able to take advantage of edge computing, and the integration of machine learning, for example to offer totally personalised NPC dialogue experiences.  


What jobs might this create?  


As the demand for cloud gaming grows, so does the need for skilled professionals to drive innovation and meet market demands.  


Job opportunities in cloud computing, software development, and network infrastructure are expected to surge. According to industry analysts, positions such as cloud architects, game developers specialising in cloud platforms, and cybersecurity experts will be in high demand.  


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