I am not an avid gamer. I rarely play games of any kind on my PC or smartphone. The older I get, the less gaming I do. A recent interaction with my son triggered a curiosity about cloud gaming. One day, he shared with me how he games online and is a part of a team of players who participate in tournaments involving players from all around the world.
While what he is involved in is not cloud gaming, it was enough to get me snooping around and to trigger me writing this article explaining the subject, for the benefit of those who do not know.
Cloud gaming is a new method of playing games on smartphones and tablets. Because mobile devices often have limited resources, cloud gaming – also called gaming on demand – takes the load off the device, handling the storage and processing on a remote server. That means you are ale to play games on your smartphone without downloading the game. You stream the game, similar to how you stream audio and video.
This form of gaming is a type of online gaming and is suitable for multi-player games. Multiple individuals can connect and play together.
Benefits of Cloud Gaming
The first benefit of cloud games is that your mobile phone becomes a console. You do not need a PS4, PS5 or XBOX any more. But that is true for many other types of games.
As already alluded to, a key benefit of cloud gaming is that you do not need large storage on your device, since you will not be downloading the game. Some mobile games are as large as 2 GB and above. If you are a prolific gamer, that means you have to download multiple large game apps. With gaming on demand, you do not have to download those large files.
Disadvantages of Cloud Gaming
One major requirement of cloud gaming is that you need a very strong and reliable Internet connection to stream your games. The games are stored on a server, so playing them is highly dependent on your Internet speed. Again, think of how using YouTube depends on a good Internet connection.
What kind of Internet speeds should you have in order to enjoy cloud games? Many cloud gaming services require 5G or fast Wi-Fi speeds, sometimes specifying an Internet connection speed of at least 0.1mbps for smooth gameplay.
This requirement is one key disadvantage or con of cloud gaming: if your Internet connection is not fast and robust, you will not be able to enjoy streaming games from remote servers.
Cloud Gaming Mobile Apps
Listed below are some cloud gaming mobile apps that you can install on your Android smartphones.
- Google Stadia – This is Google’s cloud gaming platform and has over 100 game titles. These include some of the most popular games in the market. Names like the Assassin’s Creed series, Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, Chronos: Before The Ashes, Doom, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, FIFA 21, Hitman series, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Marvel’s Avengers, Mortal Kombat 11, MotoGP 20, PUBG: Pioneer Edition, Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition, among others. Download Google Stadia HERE.
- Cloud Games Pro – Titles on this platform include: GTA V, Red Dead Redemption II, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin and Devil May Cry, WWE2k, and NBA, among others. Download Cloud Games Pro HERE.
- Ztream – allows you to stream games on your Android phone. The platform has a catalogue of over 30 hyper casual games and supports multiplayer games. Users are able to challenge, chat with, and mingle with each other. Download Ztream HERE.
- Xbox – this is a well-known name by Microsoft in the gaming industry. The mobile app is still in beta at this time, but the platform has a huge catalogue of titles. Download XBOX beta HERE.
How Cloud Gaming Works
While you do not need to download and install the games themselves, you do need to install the cloud gaming platform app, from which you can then stream available titles.
That is it on this easy introduction to cloud gaming, AKA gaming on demand or gaming as a service. No longer do you have to worry about storing large and heavy games on your smartphone. You can merely stream them from a remote server. Do not forget that you will need a fast and stable Internet connection.
Happy gaming on your Android smartphone.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.