What is MCG AKA Mobile Cloud Gaming?

To the best of our knowledge, MCG is a dream which is yet to be created for users. Mobile Devices lack the capacity to run cloud games as it requires users to access games that should be connected to phones and devices via the internet. We might see the change in the mobile game development company as users desire more instant and on-demand gameplay. In the future, sitting around and waiting to load a game will be gone, instant gameplay without the need to download or update a heavy game to exhaust our data.

With the increase of the smart phone devices day by day along with broadband wireless networks, mobile companies are rapidly increasing. Along with next-generation mobile phones, the mobile games market is growing with it. Attracting younger as well as older generations, mobile phones are not only a small device but rather we can say it is a portable PC.

Some of the major advantages that we see of MCG are:

  • Data Security and uninterrupted gaming –

    • A player can play the game from anywhere and still have its data.

    • Data from the cloud end will prevent the loss or damage from a mobile device
  • Battery Conservation –

    • Cloud can be held responsible for a complicated part such as rendering and computing.

    • It might protect the phone from draining battery life to a certain extent.

  • Unlimited Resources –

    • Games can have an unlimited amount of storage as the cloud will be responsible for running it.

While keeping these things in mind, there are few drawbacks which includes –

  • Strong Network Need –

    • AS a game on cloud its first requirement would be to have a strong network connection which might not be available everywhere you go.

  • High Bandwidth Consumption –

    • This is one of the major drawbacks, it requires a cloud server to transmit real-time video frames which ends up as the most bandwidth-consuming types of traffic. Thus, this will affect the quality of service of the network of gaming experience.

    • Installing WAN such as 5G, 3G, 4G, LTE, etc may be an economic burden for a few countries which will reduce the number of players’ interest in Mobile Cloud Gaming.

MCG can be easily defined as Netflix® or Amazon Prime® for Games.

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Changes Encouraging Mobile Cloud Gaming

The inherent restrictions amongst the phone in older generation such as limited battery lifetime and computational capacity is no longer a threat to the mobile gaming industry. The architecture of mobiles which includes a faster processor, high-speed RAM’s and amazingly fast touch response has reached its peak in 2019 and there is no looking back for the mobile industry. Mobile phones no longer are limited to entertainment, calling and messaging but it is also the source of social activities, videos, games, and applications which have made their mark.

Mobile gaming is expanding and creating something which not only visually pleasing but also making a mark in the technology field such as AR and VR. Downloads of mobile games are exploding rapidly, with the help of that Player -to- Player real-time interactions are enabled. Some of the next level development from the mobile gaming community are #D graphics, better rendering technologies, gaming scenarios becoming more vivid, and ultra-realistic games are just some of the examples.

Moreover, embedded sensors such as Accelerometers, GPS, Cameras are being utilized to provide more flexibility towards gaming user interfaces.

All of the above does come with some challenges in mobile game development. To name a few:

  • Satisfying players Quality of Experience during online and offline play.

  • Provisioning Quality of Service flexibly.

  • Processing and then transmitting the player’s data to the cloud via wireless networks, etc.

A potential solution to these challenges is Mobile Cloud Computing / Mobile Cloud Gaming. A well-known term ‘Cloud’ has been creating history in today’s world. Cloud is considered to provide unlimited storage and computational resources, which support various types of services for cloud users. According to a different level of usage, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), NaaS (Network as a service), and SaaS (Software as a Service) for users.

For mobile cloud computing, the main challenge is to the rich resources of the cloud to augment the functionality as well as prolong battery life through better energy efficiency. As all the services of cloud computing evolve, GaaS (Gaming as a Service) is emerging as a promising addition to it.

Overall, with new technological opportunities such as the introduction of 5G and mobile reliability, the cloud gaming world seems very promising. And even though there are a few roadblocks to deal with, mobile devices do not seem to stop as they enter a new era in gaming.

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