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Disclaimer: Hey, I was due for a remotely serious column. I can always go back to something screwy for next week.
Nevermind that PricewaterhouseCoopers's "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2008-2012"
Right now, I'm playing flippin' Crysis (yes, that computer-killing, power-hungry PC game) in all its glory, on a mini-laptop. How is this even happening?
Remote-access software is nothing new. It's been around for ages doing all sorts of sexy tasks such as ... well ...
Trying to play games over a remote connection, though, is another story. All sorts of latency issues stop you from getting the instantaneous reactions required. Both audio and video stream from the game PC to the client device. Your commands--whether you're typing or trying to shoot--need to go back upstream and over the Internet to the gaming PC. And all of that needs to happen in a fraction of a second--otherwise, the game is completely unplayable. Is game streaming possible from your home machine? Yes. Here's a running demo of Crysis and Quake 4 playing through a network connection on an Asus Eee PC mini-laptop. (No need to sit through the whole thing. There are two money-shot moments, at around the 3-minute
Trust me: Nothing's better than nursing carpal tunnel while trying to
Clearing Some Hurdles
As Faria sees it, a couple of hurdles remain. Clearly, the hardware needs to be present.
A lot of this issue
Another company is looking to stream Second Life to cell phones, and then there's the announcement of Trion World Network. In case you missed it, those folks
Right now we're tap-dancing around the fringe of what is possible. Sony's PlayStation Portable received updates to support game play over a network last year. And there I was,
A more recent example is the indie game PixelJunk Monsters, which is available over the PlayStation Network. I can play that game on the PS3 or stream it to my PSP when I'm at home. But I want to be able to hit the same speeds wherever I roam, lag-free. Unfortunately, the technology isn't quite ready yet.
We're getting there, though,
Senior Writer Darren Gladstone geeks out over gadgets, games, and odd uses for humdrum tech. In other words, he's a nerd--and he's okay with that.
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