Cloud Gaming Tips to Maximize your Experience โ˜๐ŸŽฎ DIY in 5 Ep 174

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Published on 19 Jun 2022, 13:00
Cloud gaming makes new releases accessible for larger sections of the gaming community. But issues like latency can impair a gamer’s play experience.

What is Cloud Gaming?
Games hosted and run through cloud services, streamed to devices owned by users who subscribe to a cloud gaming service such as NVidia GeForce NOW and Google Stadia. Cloud gaming has been growing in the last few years, revolutionizing the entry cost to high-performance gaming. However, the issue with playing a game that is hosted on another system is the time it takes for user input (i.e. using the controller) to reach the cloud, and output (video and audio) to reach the user device. This is called latency. Low latency is good, meaning there’s only a short delay between the input and output.

Wi-Fi and Ping
Wi-Fi can substantially slow down a user’s experience of cloud gaming. It’s best to use an Ethernet or other wired connection. If this is impossible, such as when you’re using a mobile device, Wi-Fi is preferred over using cell data. Ping measures the amount of latency, usually in milliseconds. Under 50 milliseconds is considered to be the optimal amount for cloud gaming. 5Hz connections generally provide faster connections with less ping. If your ping is high in spite of following all the best practices, you may need to replace your router. Alternatively, make sure you aren’t using bandwidth for high-intensity online activities such as streaming, downloading, or uploading large files.

Your router may support prioritizing game traffic. We recommend checking that this is an option, and making use of it. A surprising number of people shelling out for the best Internet for gaming fail to use this prioritization feature.

We hope that, with these tips, you can reduce your ping and pwn your pals with pugnacious perspicacity.
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0:00 Intro
0:58 What is Cloud Gaming?
1:42 Latency
3:02 Wi-Fi and Ping
4:32 Bonus Tip
5:06 Outro
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