At Flickstiq, we’re often asked Which Cloud Gaming service is the best? This is an important question because there currently aren’t any free Cloud Gaming services. You’re going to have to invest money in the company that you choose. So which Cloud Gaming service really is the best?
The Answer is Subjective
I’ll start by saying that there isn’t a clear answer that is true for everyone. A huge part of whether a Cloud Gaming service is good for you is your proximity to their closest data center. You might have heard other Gamers talking about “ping” and delay. Ping is a measure of your distance to the server that you are connecting to. This is important for any sort of connection, and it’s especially important for Cloud Gaming.
Latency is the delay that you experience when taking actions (like moving a mouse or pushing buttons). Ping and latency are both measured in milliseconds (ms). When your latency is lower, your experience is better. Both of these things are related to distance. And your distance from your Cloud Gaming server is the most important thing to consider when selecting a Cloud Gaming Service. It will make or break your experience.
Download Speed Matters
Assuming that you are reasonably close to a cloud data center, your Internet Download Speed is the next factor to consider. Each Cloud Service has a minimum Download Speed requirement. You have to meet that minimum speed in order to enjoy their product. The amount of speed that you need can vary between providers. Shadow requires a minimum of 15 Mbps. Paperspace and GeForce Now both want you to have 25-50 Mbps of Download Speed. Your Download Speed may ultimately determine which Cloud Gaming Service you can use.
Data Centers use a variety of Equipment
So let’s say that there are multiple Cloud Gaming Services that could work for you. Meaning that more than one is close to you, and you meet their minimum Download Speed requirements. Your next consideration might be the equipment that is powering their product. Not all Cloud Services use the same hardware to run your games. Vortex offers extremely low pricing, but is also on the lower end in terms of quality. In comparison Shadow offers a P5000 GPU which can power Ultra-Quality Gaming. If you’re chasing the best-looking experience then these details will matter. It’s important to research each potential Cloud Service to see what they are capable of.
Miscellaneous Details may be the Deciding Factor
Each Cloud Gaming provider has something that makes it special. This “icing-on-the-cake” may be what makes your decision for you. Shadow offers unlimited Cloud Gaming for $34 per month. Vortex provides you with 100 hours of Cloud Gaming for $9.99 and is also known for their excellent Android App. Paperspace is the most flexible and works with almost every streaming software on the market. There are other unique benefits to each service, but you get the idea. The way that you want to play and your budget will weigh heavily into your decision.
At this point, it should be clear why we can’t name one Cloud Gaming Service as the definitive “best” option. There are many factors that you should consider when choosing the company that is right for you. When you do make your decision, it will likely be different than what someone else chooses.
What do you think? Who’s your favorite Cloud Gaming provider? Let us know in the comments!
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Josh is a long-time Gamer and Technology Guru. He is known for his writing and troubleshooting skills. Josh can solve just about any problem, and is especially good at getting to the bottom of technology challenges. He has a background in Networking and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. When he’s not gaming, Josh can be found blogging, testing new tech, and interacting with Flickstiq’s social media following. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.