The Straits Times
Published on Jan 08, 2013

Videogames coming to a cloud near you


LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Videogames are moving further into the Internet cloud with new devices and services unveiled at the big Consumer Electronics Show this week.

One major step came from computer graphics giant and chipmaker Nvidia, which announced agreements with six cloud gaming companies to deliver games to global broadband companies.

This will allow gamers to play on any screen - including smart TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. "By using the Nvidia Grid platform, our partners will allow gamers to play anywhere, anytime, without being tethered to a box," said Mr Phil Eisler, general manager of cloud gaming at NVIDIA.

"The world's most exciting games can now be played as easily as you can stream a movie, right onto your TV or mobile device. No more discs to shuffle or files to download and install. Just click and play." The platform can serve more HD-quality game streams with improved speeds, according to Nvidia.