Nvidia GeForce Grid Cloud Gaming general manager Phil Eisle believes that the next generation of console will be the last.
Speaking with VentureBeat, Phil Eisle said “They say this is the last console, and I am certainly a believer in that, the last one is almost 10 years old now in terms of the technology. As we go through time, the good thing about cloud gaming is it’s going to get better every year. One of the reasons we’re investing in it is we see that there are some issues today, but they’re all solvable and they’re all moving in the right direction.”
He continued, “Bandwidth is going up. The cost of server rooms is going down. We’re bringing latency down. The experience will just get better and better every year, to the point where I think it will become the predominant way that people play games.”
The biggest concern with Cloud gaming services, such as OnLive, is the question of network latency (delay in the response of a game due to server communications). But Eisler insists Cloud gaming is close to achieving latency times smaller than today’s average console game.
“The average gamer playing on an Xbox today with a standard television is probably experiencing 150 to 200 milliseconds of latency, and that’s what they’re used to playing with every day,” he said.
“People worry about the network latency, but actually, in the whole pipeline, it’s the smallest piece. Our monitors that we work with today are under 10 milliseconds of latency. We think that, working with smart TV manufacturers, we’ll be able to cut that time down. It’s going to be possible very shortly to have a cloud-rendered experience that has lower latency than the current console plus standard television experience.”
Eisler said with companies such as Sony clearly behind the tech, cloud gaming’s potential will only grow.
“Clearly Sony believes in it enough to put their $380 million dollars into it [by purchasing Gaikai],” he said. “That was equally supportive for those people that are pro-cloud gaming, anybody who’s in the game console business is clearly awakened to the potential of streaming games to TVs.”
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