Rainway adds support for Cloud Services

It feels like we’ve had a lot of news from Rainway lately. The features just keep on coming, and today’s news is very exciting! Rainway now supports additional operating systems on PC. This creates an opportunity to use Rainway with Cloud Services.

More options for Cloud Gamers

On a personal level, this is one of the biggest features that I’ve been waiting for from Rainway. Streaming from your own computer to something else is great. But having the option to play games without owning a gaming computer is huge. Rainway now supports Windows Server 2016 (the most common Cloud operating system). With this update, you can subscribe to an inexpensive Cloud Service (like Snoost), pair it with Rainway, and use a Chromebook as your gaming system. In the near future, you should be able to stream high quality PC Games from the Cloud to many different platforms. It’s easy to imagine the positive impact that this will have for Gamers.

It’s good for Software Developers

Cloud Services remove the high cost barrier for PC Gaming. Traditionally Gamers would need to invest several hundred dollars to build or purchase a gaming-capable PC. We recently did an experiment and determined that it costs at least $280 to build a bare minimum Gaming PC tower. And that tower would only be able to play games at low quality. Building a PC capable of High or Ultra Graphics will cost a lot more.

When Gamers no longer need to spend a ton of money on their gaming rig, they will potentially have more money to spend on games. This is great news for Game Developers. It creates a shift in the gaming market, and the focus becomes content rather than hardware.

Additional Changes

The addition of support for Windows Server 2016 is just part of what Rainway revealed today. They shifted their update schedule so that the Rainway Client will check for updates at 12 pm instead of at 1 am. It will also only update if the computer is active. Rainway also removed their original Nvidia encoder from the Rainway menu to make your choices easier. If the original Nvidia encoder performed better for you, you can still find it in the feature menu by right-clicking on the Rainway icon in your system tray.

What do you think? Are you excited to try Rainway in the Cloud? Once you do try it, let us know how it worked for you in the Comments!

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