06/05/2021

Is Cloud Gaming the Future

What will game design look like in the future? Is the entire industry going to be on cloud? Or are there too many obstacles to overcome?

Now is an exciting time to build your career in game design and development. The University of Bolton’s MA Games Development course will help you gain advanced game development techniques and extend your knowledge of the games business, while touching on the latest trends.

This includes the rise of gaming on cloud, said to be the future of the industry. But according to TechCrunch, cloud gaming platforms were one of “2020’s most overhyped trends” and there’s a lot of work to be done yet.

Whatever the case may be, gaming is the largest and most lucrative entertainment industry, and there’s never been a better time to upskill. Here’s a look at how game design is changing and why cloud is an area to watch.

More affordable gaming

The most obvious benefit of cloud gaming is being able to play your favourite games at a much lower cost. Without the need to fork out for the latest gaming system, many games will become more accessible, dramatically growing the gaming network.

There’s also more flexibility in choosing how you want to pay. Rather than paying for individual titles, it’s possible to pay a subscription fee to access a whole selection of games for less.

This will make gaming highly inclusive for people of all ages and budgets, further bolstering the industry and creating a more connected experience. 

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Cloud gaming = better compatibility

Another huge advantage of cloud is having a highly scalable platform, one that allows gamers to get their hands on the latest games even with a lower-end device. This delivers fantastic gaming, without the need to upgrade.

Limitations that existed before, such as processing power, graphics and memory storage, have all been removed on the cloud platform, which is a huge opportunity for user-experience-led game design.

An end to pirating

If all physical games came to an end, this could also eradicate the problems of piracy. This is because service providers are in charge of maintaining game content, so games can no longer be copied illegally.

Not only does this improve the gaming experience for everyone involved, but it protects company profits and keeps many game designers and developers in jobs, and high in demand.

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Data security for users

As well as protecting game design companies and preventing illegal pirating, cloud gaming can make gaming safer for its users. Cloud systems store user data on secure servers, and the data is transferred through secure connections, which reduces the chance of a cyberattack.

By storing data in the cloud, this removes the need to store it locally, giving players one less thing to worry about.

Real-time gaming support

Nothing is more frustrating that a technical glitch in the middle of a game. But cloud gaming can make getting support easier than ever.

The storage capacity of cloud is much more flexible and scalable compared to traditional systems. Therefore, game content providers will be able to provide user support as soon as players log into their accounts.

 

Are you interested in learning more about the future of gaming? If you want to enhance your skills in this lucrative field, build your portfolio, or get hired by top games companies, a postgraduate degree could be for you.

Find out more about applying in September 2021 for the MA Games Development course at the University of Bolton!

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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