An Intel Cloud Gaming service is reportedly in the works
A cloud gaming service from Intel is rumored to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce Now.
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Called Project Endgame, the service would be powered by Intel’s upcoming Arc graphics cards and is expected to launch anytime this year, writes Digital trends.
The project was revealed at a recent investor meeting, where Intel released a roadmap for its future products. For now, much of this roadmap is dominated by their plans for their discrete Arc GPUs. But other than how Project Endgame will be powered by Arc, Team Blue hasn’t said much more.
But despite using Arc graphics cards (which are aimed at gamers), Project Endgame hasn’t been declared to be actually aimed at gamers, at least for now. Although in time, Intel could announce this in the next few months if they plan to launch the service this year.
The launch of the cloud service for workstations, however, could make sense. Some users would need GPU acceleration for certain workloads, like video editing, which can be provided by Arc graphics cards via the cloud, writes Tom’s material.
If the workstation plan comes to fruition, it’s possible that Intel will use its data center-focused Xe GPUs like the Arctic Sound-M instead of the discrete Arc graphics cards for the desktops they’re using. plan to launch soon.
Either way, an Intel cloud gaming service will be a direct competitor to NVIDIA GeForce Now depending on how it’s supposed to work. GeForce Now uses a similar principle with their service, as they allow users to “emulate” an RTX graphics card to play cloud games. As of this writing, Team Green’s service allows people to emulate something as high-end as an RTX 3080.
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Has this Intel Cloud Gaming service been planned for some time?
Judging by a recent acquisition made by Intel last year, maybe they’ve had it going since.
VentureBeat reported in November 2021 that Intel had acquired RemoteMyApp, a Poland-based cloud gaming startup, for an undisclosed amount. RemoteMyApp is a third-party provider of cloud gaming solutions for businesses, and its acquisition could have bolstered Intel’s confidence in its ability to compete in a market where NVIDIA GeForce Now is a major player.
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Among RemoteMyApp’s offerings is Vortex.gg. This IBM cloud-based subscription service offers access to games like “League Of Legends,” “Fortnite,” and even “GTA V” for $9.99 per month. The only thing about it is that it offers 50 minutes of playtime, while GeForce Now allows unlimited playtime for the same price.
It is not indicated if the services of MyRemoteApp will be used for Project Endgame, at least not yet. But if they are, then Intel will have to find a way to improve on that limited playtime if they really want to disrupt the cloud gaming market.
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