E3 2018 is currently taking place in Los Angeles, where major publishers reveal their latest games for 2018 and the following years. The video game trade show is known for showcasing new games and hardware, that will eventually become a part of the everyday life of gamers.
Microsoft and Electronic Arts showcased a new technology at their press conferences, to showcase streaming services that will be coming to various devices. These streaming services will be able to offer console-level games that were not possible on smartphones previously.
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Smartphones and their GPUs are often limited to offer a complete gaming experience due to many constraints like the silicon chip itself. This has prevented publishers from releasing AAA level games on smartphones that may be overcome, thanks to the new streaming services by Microsoft and EA. Even though both companies did not reveal the launch date of the service or pricing details, one thing is certain, it is coming in the near future.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed last night that the company’s cloud technology team is working hard to build a platform that will let smartphone users play games with console-level graphics quality. Spencer said Microsoft is “dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play; your Xbox, your PC and your phone.”
EA’s teaser was somewhat similar, where the service will host games like FIFA, Battlefield and other titles on its streaming service.
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The smartphone gaming business is very lucrative as the player base is bigger than traditional gamers on consoles. It will not only make games more accessible to audiences all over the world, it will also result in huge profits for the two companies. Imagine playing FIFA 18 on your smartphone that works exactly how it does on consoles and PCs.
The new streaming service will be a paradigm-shifting move for the industry as a whole and will take the game to a whole new level.
Will it be practical?
It most definitely will be. Indian telecom companies have already started investing heavily in broadband and OTA services that will make game streaming possible. It’s quite possible that these gaming services will rely on 5G networking technologies which will be rolled out soon in various countries.
It’s no secret that gaming streaming services will use up a lot of data which can be problematic for Indian smartphone users. Regardless of all the hurdles that will be faced by these companies, it sure is a move that a lot of people will love and appreciate.