Cloud Gaming in 2020 discussion.
TLDR Competition good, shills bad, new types of games, happy devs, hopes, and dreams This is a mix of facts and opinion, please add to it or correct what I got wrong.
- VMs vs dedicated launchers VMs are inherently a bad user experience because you're adding two user interfaces on top of a user interface. However right now it is a great choice since it supports legacy content. Running your games in a third party Windows GUI is fantastic as a supplemental addition to your PC for now but in the coming years those platforms will lose users that don't continue with PC as their primary gaming platform and aren't willing to continue upgrading. Platforms without their own store will die out based on similar products that began as VMs in the past except for in a niche market.
- New types of games Microsoft and Nvidia have a massive lead on numbers of games and userbase. However Stadia has done a couple things right that they and others still need to do. Stadia has scalable hardware, compute offload, AI texture mapping, and more. These features are hard to imagine how they're going to change gaming but this is really a new type of figurative paintbrush for the artists that create the games we play. These tools are going to lead to games like 50,000 simultaneous player space wars, fully destructible realistic landscapes, seamless worlds larger than ever before, Crysis 3 (that was a joke), and cloud specific games we haven't imagined yet. These are going to become expected features in the coming years and it is very important that Microsoft and Amazon are both working on this right now. Competition will create better experiences for less. If you are brand loyal leave your head up your butt and stop posting.
- Developers are the most important customer Gamers will buy or download platforms wherever the games they like are. Stadia has some really fantastic tools and upsides I'd like to discuss that I really hope come to Amazon's service and XCloud. The tools Stadia has that are going to woo devs, are time savers and money makers. With those tools devs are going to save time on Cheater Reports, DRM implementation, third party key reseller chargebacks, sending out dev kits, testing releases etc. Making the developers happy is more important than anything for a platform (*cough windows phone).
What so few people seem to understand when talking about greedy publishers, is the more profitable games are, the more high quality developers and games we're going to see enter the market. Game development is not nearly as profitable as other industries are today despite revenue numbers. Smaller studios die or get bought. That's why you see these bigger companies trying to squeeze instead of innovate. The ones that don't are drowning unless they're crowd funded indie titles.
This is the same reason Nintendo is so successful right now. They have their own hardware so they're able to keep more of their cut on distribution and they don't have to optimize for multiple hardware types. It leads to some amazing games in return.
submitted by vorsky92
[LEAK] April Humble Monthly Full Bundle
Total Bundle Worth:
|Game ||Reviews ||Metacritic ||Cards ||Price ||Historic Lowest Price ||Notes ||Platform |
|Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ||67% (Mixed) ||83 ||Yes ||$29.99 ($5.99) ||$5.99 ||Single-player, Achievements, Full Controller Support ||Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS + Linux |
|God Eater 2: Rage Burst + Resurrection ||81% (Very Positive) ||73 ||No ||$49.99 ||$12.49 ||Region Restricted for Japan ($5 Humble Store Credit), Single-player, Multi-player, Co-op, Achievements, Full Controller Support, Third Party DRM (Denuvo Anti-tamper) ||Windows |
|Mafia III + Signs of the Times DLC ||47% (Mixed) ||62 ||Yes ||$39.99 + $9.99 ||$14.79 + $9.99 ||Region Restricted for Poland, Single-player, Achievements, Full Controller Support ||Windows, Mac OS X |
|Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection ||53% (Mixed) ||81 ||Yes ||$59.99 ||$14.99 ||Only if Mafia III is Region Restricted for Poland, Single-player, Multi-player, Achievements, Workshop ||Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS + Linux |
|Superman ||3.4 out of 5 ||N/A ||No ||$199.98 ||$9.69 ||Single-player, Full Controller Support ||Nintendo 64 |
|69 Fortnite V-Bucks ||450% ||9001 ||Llamas ||N/A ||N/A ||Flex your friends for always having at least 69 V-Bucks in your account, forever ||PS4, iOS, Xbox One, Windows, Mac OS X |
|Ben 10: Up to Speed ||4.3 out of 5 ||N/A ||YES ||$2.99 ||$2.99 ||The only endless runner you will ever need ||Android, iOS |
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Ultra Special Edition 2.0 ||10 out of every new platform this game is released ||Todd Howard's seal of approval ||Of course ||$59.99 ||$59.99 ||Finish this game for the Nth time ||Game Boy Advance |
|Spec Ops: The Line ||88% ||76 ||No ||$29.99 ||$5.09 ||We still have keys, so why not? ||Windows, Mac OS X, SteamOS + Linux |
|Far Cry 5 ||I didn't find it, idk why ||77 ||No ||$59.99 ||$59.99 ||OMG WHAT? ||Windows |
|Some indie game you'll never play ||Probably more than you think ||Probably less than you think ||Yes, because that's why most people get the game for ||Cheap, but not so cheap ||Never had any sale ||"Oh wow, this kinda looks interesting... oh look, I can shoot guided missiles in Fortnite now" - You, 2018 ||Windows |
"A LOT LESS THAN FREAKING $12 DOLLARS BECAUSE I'M AN EDGY KID THAT CAN'T BE HAPPY WITH THE GAMES BECAUSE I DIDN'T CHOOSE THEM, BUT I STILL WANTED TO PAY $12 DOLLARS JUST SO I COULD COMPLAIN ABOUT IT". Or, if you live in Poland: "Oh, another Civ...cool."
Sorry guys, I just tried to ride the April 1st
joke train this time...
submitted by arielzao150