Some might say that Cloud Gaming shines best when it’s mobile. Gaming is great in general, but it’s even better when you get to decide where to play. Android is a great mobile platform, and the Asus Nexus 7 might be the budget-friendly device that you’ve been looking for.
Finding the right Android device for Cloud Gaming isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s true that there are many Android devices to choose from, but many lack features that Cloud Gamers need. High end Android Tablets are a good bet, but what about something inexpensive?
The Asus Nexus 7 (K008)
Asus may be on to something with their 2nd Generation Nexus 7. It’s packed full of features, and is budget friendly to boot. It can be overwhelming to stare at pages of technical specifications, so let’s break down the essentials.
The Nexus 7 features a full HD 1920×1200 IPS display. This is important because most of us play games at 1080p on our Cloud Servers. You’re looking for a device that can mirror that server, and this one will do it nicely.
In addition to having a great screen, the Nexus 7 packs a 1.5 Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon Processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon processor is great because it’s a widely used CPU that gives you great compatibility with Cloud Gaming Apps. And in our modern world, you don’t want to dip below 2 GB of RAM with Android. Going any lower will cause annoying slowdowns, and the Nexus 7 has you covered.
Networking is an essential aspect of Cloud Gaming. Streaming over a standard 2.4 Ghz Wifi signal can mean game-over. Many of us have too many neighbors and too many devices to allow 2.4 Ghz to function well. Thankfully the Nexus 7 is equipped with dual band 802.11n Wifi. It allows us to take advantage of 5 Ghz to ensure smooth Cloud Gaming.
The Nexus 7 includes Bluetooth 4.0 LE which is compatible with most Android Controllers. On the subject of controllers, the Nexus 7 also has native support for the Xbox One S Bluetooth controller. That’s a huge plus that you don’t get with many other Android devices. It’s extremely convenient to continue using the controller that you’ve already grown accustomed to using on your computer and game console.
One downside is that the Nexus 7 does not include expandable storage. That means no micro SD cards. With that said, you probably won’t need much if you’re using this exclusively for Cloud Gaming. The Nexus 7 comes in two configurations with either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. Either option is enough for streaming Games.
The Nexus 7 can be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Most Cloud Gaming Apps support Android 5.0 and above, so the Nexus 7 should meet your needs in terms of OS compatibility.
We tested the Nexus 7 with Parsec, LiquidSky, Moonlight, Remotr, and Vortex. All of them ran well and we didn’t encounter any significant problems.
The Streaming Experience
So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Yes, the Nexus 7 is an awesome Cloud Gaming device! The screen is beautiful and sharp. Games stream smoothly as long as you can connect to a 5 Ghz network. It features great controller support, and is extremely responsive. You can easily stream at 1080p 60 fps without it breaking a sweat.
Overall we would highly recommend it to anyone that is in the market for a 7″ Android Tablet that’s going to be used for Cloud Gaming or Game Streaming. It can often be purchased for $100 or less. If you’re interested in grabbing your own, you can get it through our Affiliates at eBay and Amazon.
So what do you think? Have you tried the Nexus 7 for yourself? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments!
Asus Nexus 7$50-$120
- Great Looking Screen
- Supports Xbox One Controller
- Dual-Band Networking
- 2 GB of RAM
- Compatible with Android 6.0
- Storage can't be expanded
- Older Device, so future support is uncertain
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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.