Okay, this is seriously gonna rock!
At Computex 08 in Taipei, Intel have demoed a streaming technology called StreamMyGame that is going to allow you to stream your PC games to a mobile device in complete and uninterrupted fashion.
This might change the direction of handheld gaming completely. Who will care about the PSP if you could whip out your little mobile gadget and play some COD4, Crysis or Bioshock instead. Hell, we might even see some World of Warcraft players outside in the sunlight too!
In a press release, Intel says that “Online streaming of video and audio has radically changed the broadcast and mobile industries re-inventing the way consumers purchase and watch media”
The streaming is promised to offer gaming that will be absolutely no different to playing it on your home PC, although I can see controls being an interesting issue to solve, especially for RTS games. The technology necessary for all of this is a mixture of really potent microprocessors and a fast WiMAX wireless broadband network.
So far, it is reported that StreamMyGame will be able to stream to Windows as well as the Fedora, Ubuntu and Xandros versions of Linux. I’m sure that if technology like this takes off we will see it being integrated into consoles as well. I know that Sony said something about doing this with the PSP and the PS3, but I stand corrected by saying that it would only work over a short distance and not over the internet as is being promised here.
It’s a bit sad to hear news like this and then realise that the chance of it coming to South Africa anytime soon is really slim. I’m still really excited about it and I think it might change the way we play games in the future.
Last Updated: June 5, 2008