After a long 2 years of living under a rock, I learnt from YouTube that there's a service Nvidia is providing to budget gamers called Geforce Now. For those who don't know, GeForce Now is a virtual machine you rent from Nvidia for gaming.
Gaming PC's are expensive, cumbersome, often ugly, and most people have ditched the tower PC lifestyle for laptops or tablets as their primary computer. A way to bring gaming-PC performance to these lightweight portables would turn the gaming industry on its head.
Nvidia is giving us a solution. By running servers of its GTX 1080 and 1060 graphics cards, users can rent a virtual machine over the net and enjoy low-latency games maxed to ultra-high settings on any low-powered computer with an internet connection. That includes Macbooks.
You might think that the latency would make these games unplayable or they would chow through costly amounts of data. It turns out reviewers with internet speeds under 50mbps were able to game on the service fine with all graphical settings maxed out. One video showed a dude using his phone's cellular internet in a park to game just fine.
Now there are a few thoughts I immediately have about VR in light of this service. VR headsets are for the most part tethered to their computers with their cables. They also either require expensive gaming PC's or are limited by the VR games low-powered consoles can shoulder. Both qualms are about to be solved and VR is going to become an insanely compelling addition to people's device lineups.
With Oculus Go, cables can go and people can sit back on their couch or lay back in bed with these headsets on. They won't have to worry about cables getting in their way as they walk around the room and can take the entertainment anywhere in the house. More importantly, they'll be able to stream the games using virtual machines on an Nvidia server. They'll have access to bleeding edge hardware without needing to purchase, build, or house a gaming rig.
So in 2019 or maybe 2020, I expect to be able to buy a <$300 wifi-enabled headset, which I can put on as soon as I get home and play whatever game I want from my Steam account via an Nvidia virtual machine. Maxed out settings and cable-free.
And to all those nay-sayers, VR is going to change everything. Don't doubt it.
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