I've love the idea of cloud gaming -- basically streaming a game from another machine or server and being able to play it fairly seamlessly. Past services such as OnLive gave me a taste of this future, but failed to deliver a solid user experience.
We're starting to see more companies work on cloud gaming services, most notably PlayStation Now and Steam's In-Home Streaming service, which emerged from beta today. I'm pretty excited about the potential of this!
I've seen a few people in the Steam forums (and Engadget comments on the front page) question the utility of this sort of service. I don't blame anyone for asking this, but for me, it's huge:
- I have a PC that I specifically built for gaming a few years ago. However, it shares peripherals and desktop space with my Mac mini (which I usually have connected for work, writing, web development, and casual gaming).
- I have the world's crappiest KVM switch, so I don't even use it. Seriously, below are two discussions over the last few years that I've posted complaining about this sort of thing.
- I also have my MacBook Pro for work, which I'll use around the house or hang out on the back patio in the evening -- though I don't usually like to install and play games on this, but having some sort of mobile streaming solution would be awesome.
Ideally, I'd love to see this sort of thing be made available for Android or iOS tablets. THAT would be awesome! It'd finally fulfill my dream of playing Civilization V on my iPad. (Of course there is the issue of connecting a mouse and keyboard up to and iPad, but hey...)