The video game sector is one of today's fastest growing industries, fueled by high-powered graphics and gameplay, faster internet and mobile device expansion. It's also one of the industries most dependent on maintaining optimal network connectivity. Many contemporary games have an important online component or are completely internet-based, which makes sustaining premium functionality a must for developers and vendors.
In many cases, the rapid emergence of new technologies can outstrip the ability of gaming companies to deploy new innovations on legacy hardware, making it imperative that these organizations develop infrastructure that will be highly receptive to the incorporation of new high-tech software. According to Forbes contributor Michael Goodenough, enterprise clouds represent a key intersection for gaming industry development and IT growth. The cloud offers businesses the ability to develop games that rely on fast internet and high bandwidth, as well as optimizing gaming apps for smartphone and tablet users. Although all options have not yet been fully explored, gaming industry insiders have started to grasp the full transformative potential of the cloud.
"While gamers would love the opportunity to stream games on any device and ditch traditional consoles, the streaming technology still needs to catch up to 24/7 cloud-based gaming," Goodenough wrote. "Developers are driving hard to make this a reality. Expect to see new features, functions and models as they experiment on the cloud."
Creating a universal gaming experience with enterprise clouds
The initial attempts to integrate enterprise-class cloud computing and gaming technology have proven fruitful, industry leaders stated. According to WebProNews writer Mike Tuttle, several forward-thinking gaming companies have utilized the support that cloud infrastructure offers to unsettle and improve upon several traditional gaming practices. The ultimate objective is a completely cloud-based streaming service that eliminates physical hardware. This would help improve gameplay – real-time updates could be more easily deployed for sports titles, for example, to make in-game rosters reflect real-life developments. It could also cut costs and offer players a chance to interact with other gamers around the globe.
Interactivity and interoperability are two priorities for the gaming industry, Tuttle wrote. The cloud could help developers create games that work across devices, so players could pause a game on their PC and pick up from where they left off on their tablet. Additionally, enterprise clouds may one day be the basis of cross-platform experiences, in which users could play a game together even if they're using different devices.