Vortex Cloud Gaming Early 2018 Review

Vortex is a Cloud Gaming Service from the makers of Remotr. They offer 100 Hours of Gaming for $9.99 per month. Vortex’s approach is very similar to what Nvidia is doing with GeForce Now. They offer a large library of games that are a mixture of free and paid titles. So how does Vortex actually perform?

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NOTE: We have an updated Review that you are welcome to read as well. You can view it HERE.

Vortex offers you a very generous subscription. $9.99 gets you 100 hours of gameplay compared to 25 from LiquidSky for the same price. They support up to 1080p at 60 fps. Vortex includes a rather generous library of free-to-play titles that include hits like Fortnite Battle Royale and Paladins. They also support several premium titles that are not automatically included. You need to own a copy of any premium title in order to play it through their service. Examples of premium titles include GTA V and Player Unknown’s Battleground.

Credit Vortex.gg

The Apps

It’s easy to play Vortex on many devices. They offer standalone Apps for Windows 10 and Android. You can also stream through a modern Chrome Browser on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Credit Vortex.gg

It’s completely free to download and browse the Vortex App. This is important for several reasons. One reason is that you can’t install your own games on their servers. You are limited to the games that are made available by their service. If there is a specific title that you want to play, you may want to browse the App to make sure that your game is available. The second reason is that you want to make sure that you’re close enough to a Vortex data center to have a good experience. Their App allows you to run a Ping Test for free to ensure that you can establish a good connection.

The Experience

We tested Vortex on several devices. On Windows, you can choose to play through a dedicated Windows 10 App or through a Chrome Browser. We tested Paladins through the Windows 10 App. There was considerable Video and Input Lag. It was enough that we would rate it as being unplayable.

We moved from the Windows 10 App to our Chrome Browser. The experience was a bit mixed as we tested various titles. Fortnite Battle Royale ran smoothly with a bit of input latency. It was playable, however it kept crashing. We were unable to tell whether this was due to Vortex or due to something with Fortnite. We switched from Fortnite to Path of Exile. POE had a substantial amount of video delay. We would direct our character to move to an area, and then wait about 5 seconds before it actually did what we asked. It was unplayable.

Thankfully Android was a very different experience. We tested Fortnite on our Asus Nexus 7, and the experience was very good. Vortex on Android supports an Xbox One Controller, and it works well. We didn’t experience excessive input latency, and the video ran smoothly for the most part. The Android side of Vortex is very playable.

Conclusion

Vortex is a mixed bag that requires some thought. If you’re going to primarily play on Android, then Vortex may be worth your time. If you’re going to primarily play on a computer, then realize that your experience may vary from game to game. Vortex may also be worth your consideration if you’re a heavy Cloud Gamer. You get 100 hours of gaming for a low monthly subscription, which is a good value for this industry.

If you’re interested in trying Vortex, you can support Flickstiq by using this link to sign up. So what do you think? Have you tried Vortex? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

Vortex

9.99 Per Month
5.9

Platforms

7.5/10

Video Quality

6.5/10

Input Latency

3.5/10

Stability

3.5/10

Plug & Play

8.5/10

Pros

  • Cheap Price for 100 Hours of Gaming
  • Available on many Platforms
  • Great Android Performance
  • Supports Controllers
  • Easy to Setup

Cons

  • High Latency on PC
  • Not all Games work well
  • Limited Titles available
  • Not available in all Regions

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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.

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