Cloud Gaming Platforms 2021
By now, it’s no secret at all. Cloud gaming has gained in popularity and strength a huge amount in recent years. So much so that it is widely believed to be the next evolution of video gaming. Some of the biggest tech companies in the industry are investing heavily in their cloud gaming infrastructure, meaning that it’s highly likely there will be even more improvements in the cloud gaming scene to come.
This article is about what’s next for cloud gaming in 2021 and what platforms you should be keeping an eye on, either to play your games with or to see what they have in development. So if you’d like to see some of the cloud gaming platforms to look out for in 2021, read on below.
What is cloud gaming?
Cloud gaming allows a person to play their video games without having to own a piece of gaming hardware. Typically a gaming device such as a console or gaming PC is needed for a person to play a video game, with cloud gaming the processing that this device does is instead performed remotely by a powerful server. The data and gaming actions are all transferred via the internet. A person playing only needs a good internet connection and a compatible device such as a TV, tablet, or smartphone and they can play all the games they like.
The most common model that this service is taking is a monthly paid membership. This means paying a comparatively small fee every month and having access to a library of games. There are some variations on this model, but that is one of the most popular at the moment.
Below we’ve outlined some of the platforms you could use to play games on via the cloud in 2021.
Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud)
From Spring 2021, Microsoft plans to bring its cloud gaming product to Windows PCs and iOS. This is a big step for the service, which will make it available to a lot more devices and a lot more people. Currently, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available on Android, and is included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, at a cost of $15 a month.
Towards the end of 2020, Facebook announced that it was moving into the cloud gaming market. What was interesting about their approach to the cloud was that it’s based on a “free”-to-play model. If you already have a Facebook account, then the service is available to you via the dashboard and doesn’t cost you a penny to play.
While a lot of other companies have been quicker to jump on the cloud gaming bandwagon, Nintendo have been slightly more cautious. Nintendo has actually been offering a cloud gaming service in Japan for the last two years, but an announcement at the end of October said they are rolling this out to US and UK markets. There is also a bit of speculation that this could coincide with another console release from Nintendo next year too.
This year saw the release of the PS5, which was a huge deal for Sony. With the console release out of the way it makes sense that attention will turn to the supporting infrastructure around it. 2021 will see more releases of the biggest games onto the service for people to play. Currently, the monthly subscription to playstation now is $9.99, which gives you access to over 800 games.
Unlike Microsoft and Sony, Google didn’t have a library of games it could fall back on to launch its cloud service with. So it makes sense that it will take a bit of time for the selection of games on offer to build up. 2021 looks to be a big year for Google Stadia as they plan to ramp up the amount of games they have on offer, with speculation saying there are more than 400 on the way.
2021 looks to be a hugely exciting year for cloud gaming. There are lots of new games and technological developments on the way which are hotly anticipated. Finding the right platform to play your cloud games on in 2021 will be quite a personal choice. It depends a lot on what you want to play, how you want to play them, and what your budget is. Understanding these factors will help you decide on the right platform to give you endless hours of enjoyment playing in the cloud.
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