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Cloud Pc Gaming - A Viable Option For Anyone That Needs A New/upgraded Computer


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My friend and I just stumbled upon a service called Leap Computing. It has been in the works for a little while and is similar to the concept that the Nvidia Shield is using. You are able to stream a high powered feed to any device you wish without having to take up the space of a large gaming computer or worry about maintenance, as they will do this for you at no extra cost. This is an amazing opportunity and I believe the future of PC gaming. If you need a new computer but are not excited about all the money it takes and upgrades, this is for you. And even though I already have an amazing gaming PC I have to consider this option to save money in the future.

 

Right now if you pre-order the service you get 50% off for the life of your account. This means that for $35.99 a month you get:

 

Intel i7 5820k (Hex Core)
16GB DDR4 Ram
500GB HDD (You can get a 128 GB for $30 a month)
Nvidia GTX Titan X

 

There is an option to go the AMD route if you wish for the same price.

 

You get your own dedicated PC at a datacenter close to where you live. On top of that they upgrade your computer with the premium hardware at the time every 18 months. It would take about 3 years of subscription just to equal the value of the Titan X alone, this is an insane price. This pre-order price I'm not sure how long it will last but you don't have to start paying monthly until the service comes live in Q3 or Q4 of this year.

 

I'm also posting this for the Crowfall developers because the best part of this software is that your computer will be able to accessed from anywhere with internet and also on any device including tablets and phones. I figured the developers may be able to save some cost on computers using this software.

 

The way the service works is you access an app from any device and then are able to stream your games at up to 144 FPS and no worries of latency.

 

I know there may be some out there that are worried about having a good enough graphics card for Crowfall and if your computer can stream Netflix without problems then you will be able to use this. In other words a much older computer could handle running this stream. All your computer at home needs to do is stream the video feed. I'm also going to leave some links.

 

Just to give you an idea my planned setup is my Nvidia Shield Tablet which I can connect to a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, then using a mini-HDMI cable I can basically game from any screen or from the tablet itself.

 

 

Main Website

https://www.leapcomputing.com/

 

Introduction Video

https://www.youtube.com/embed/G1pBQt3xOh0

 

Longer Review

https://www.youtube.com/embed/RVHyg50LYVA"

 

Please use promo code J2C if you purchase the service, you apparently get some free gift.

 

Please post any questions, this is a really huge leap in the PC gaming market.

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Interesting concept. I mean 35,99 per month is a good sum of money but of course the PC you get isn't bad either. The normal price of 59,99 per month is a bit too expensive for me. I mean true you still get an awesome pc but for 59,99 per month I could easily build a comparable pc and own it for more than idk 10,15,20 months without upgrading. Or even purchasing a PC with a monthly installment of 60 bucks get's me a pretty good PC.

 

It's true that if someone has a crappy PC and want to play a game really bad he can choose this option till he got his PC or when a PC broke and you have to repair it or so. But for the long term I don't think it's a good option. 

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How is latency not an issue with this?

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Interesting concept. I mean 35,99 per month is a good sum of money but of course the PC you get isn't bad either. The normal price of 59,99 per month is a bit too expensive for me. I mean true you still get an awesome pc but for 59,99 per month I could easily build a comparable pc and own it for more than idk 10,15,20 months without upgrading. Or even purchasing a PC with a monthly installment of 60 bucks get's me a pretty good PC.

 

It's true that if someone has a crappy PC and want to play a game really bad he can choose this option till he got his PC or when a PC broke and you have to repair it or so. But for the long term I don't think it's a good option. 

 

At 50% off this is definitely worth it. It's also the service of getting to play from anywhere and if you're saying you would build a computer and then upgrade within 20 months, this is still cheaper. Unless you're building a gaming PC for less then $300.

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Just wait until their data center gets compromised and gets compromised hard.

 

Latency will be a massive issue in mmorpgs/fps and at $60 a month it gets really expensive if you only upgrade your PC every few years.

 

This is junk and is built for suckers that think it will be cheaper than having a decent computer.

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How is latency not an issue with this?

 

Magic.... But really it's a mix of multiple data centers and new technology. I understand your doubt with lantency, I struggled with that myself. Another service I use is Nvidia gamestream which has a controller >> tablet >> wi-fi >> server >> pc computer at home. I have no issues with latency with that service so I'm sure this can easily be done for PC.

I don't get it. Is the point to stream to your TV instead of your old clunky PC in order to do gaming? The only way this would appeal to me is multi-boxing. But I don't understand how that would matter as my video card, processor, ram, etc would still have to do work.

 

The point is access to PC gaming from anywhere/any device and a very price effective way to have access to a computer.

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Magic.... But really it's a mix of multiple data centers and new technology. I understand your doubt with lantency, I struggled with that myself. Another service I use is Nvidia gamestream which has a controller >> tablet >> wi-fi >> server >> pc computer at home. I have no issues with latency with that service so I'm sure this can easily be done for PC.

 

The point is access to PC gaming from anywhere/any device and a very price effective way to have access to a computer.

 

But do you use it for single player or competitive mmo games? I could see latency not being bad for a single player or a slower multi-player game...but in a competitive PVP environment even a small amount of latency makes a huge difference.

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The point is access to PC gaming from anywhere/any device and a very price effective way to have access to a computer.

 

Even at $36 a month it is not a very price effective way to have a computer.

 

$36 a month.

 

$432 a year

 

$2,160 for 5 years.

 

I can get a decent gaming rig every 5 years for less than $2k and I OWN it which means I can use it for parts, sell it, or use it as a backup.

 

Renting is never going to be cheaper than buying because you're not getting anything out of it other than temporary access.

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Well honestly this is more for people that are concerned with having access to HIGH FPS all the time. Yes you can run most games on a Walmart computer, but this is quality and accessibility.

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Even at $36 a month it is not a very price effective way to have a computer.

 

$36 a month.

 

$432 a year

 

$2,160 for 5 years.

 

I can get a decent gaming rig every 5 years for less than $2k and I OWN it which means I can use it for parts, sell it, or use it as a backup.

 

Renting is never going to be cheaper than buying because you're not getting anything out of it other than temporary access.

 

The price of a Titan X alone is $1000. So that's about 3 years of subscription plus you get upgrades for free every 1.5 years. For people that are constantly upgrading their PC's and travel a lot this is a great option. Also huge for people that do video editing and gave development to have access to this type of computing power on the go.

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I'm still confused on how it works. Great, my cloud computer has a Titan X. What good does that do me on my internet connect TV or my crap computer at home. Wouldn't both of their graphics cards still have to process the images?

 

As long as you have broadbane internet most likely your crap computer can handle it. Your computer wouldn't even need a graphics card for this, it only has to be able to stream a video. It won't take graphics computing power on your end to run it. Like I said in the first post if you can stream Netflix then you can use this. Tablets and phones can even run it.

 

 

You "stumbled" across this?  You sound like you are trying to sell it.

 

I really don't care either way if people use this or not, it's just a option for some people that care about high end gaming and usability from any location. This will be a good option for some and not for others, but I just want to give people another solution.

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GaaS is not a viable business option.  The Nvidia GRID stuff supports hundreds of concurrent users, not thousands or hundreds of thousands like IaaS and PaaS boxes.  

 

Furthermore, GaaS is able to do what it does because everything is fixed.  Latency is overcome because the client doesn't have to deal with disk I/O and CPU processing.  All that happens on the GPU's.  But it happens at a fixed quality.  You will not be running CF at 1920x1080 with full anti-aliasing and highres textures and the like.  

 

You also have to understand that Nvidia does not want to replace its graphic card business.  That, alone, should tell you about the quality of the streaming being done.  

 

In short - pass, unless you are so short on money that you cannot afford to buy a graphics card.  And even then I'd suggest eating ramen and drinking water for 3-4 months in order to save and just buy the card.  XaaS models are rent seeking models that benefit companies more than consumers.  At some point, the cost for the XaaS is much greater than just building in-house.  

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GaaS is not a viable business option.  The Nvidia GRID stuff supports hundreds of concurrent users, not thousands or hundreds of thousands like IaaS and PaaS boxes.  

 

Furthermore, GaaS is able to do what it does because everything is fixed.  Latency is overcome because the client doesn't have to deal with disk I/O and CPU processing.  All that happens on the GPU's.  But it happens at a fixed quality.  You will not be running CF at 1920x1080 with full anti-aliasing and highres textures and the like.  

 

You also have to understand that Nvidia does not want to replace its graphic card business.  That, alone, should tell you about the quality of the streaming being done.  

 

In short - pass, unless you are so short on money that you cannot afford to buy a graphics card.  And even then I'd suggest eating ramen and drinking water for 3-4 months in order to save and just buy the card.  XaaS models are rent seeking models that benefit companies more than consumers.  At some point, the cost for the XaaS is much greater than just building in-house.  

 

I wouldn't make statements about not being able to run 1920x1080. If you watch the videos the reviewer is able to run at highest settings no problem and no latency.

 

The value of this is much more then a fast computer. There are other services this provides that a home gaming PC can not.

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I wouldn't make statements about not being able to run 1920x1080. If you watch the videos the reviewer is able to run at highest settings no problem and no latency.

 

The value of this is much more then a fast computer. There are other services this provides that a home gaming PC can not.

 

Like what?

The ability to stream your data to yet another point where it may or may not be secured?

 

The value to hackers is real in this because instead of going after individuals now they can just go after Leap Computing's data center.

 

The math will never make sense for the user because you're not only going to be paying for access to "your" computer, you're going to be paying for the internet Leap Computing has to pay for the streaming, the electricity Leap Computing has to pay to keep those computers available 24/7, the rent Leap Computing has to pay for their warehouses, and so forth and so on.

 

The only difference between this and the "rental" computer people is that here they're not actually shipping you a computer. You're throwing away money subscribing to services like this and at the end of the day you won't even own anything.

 

How well do you think this will perform when your ISP starts throttling said streaming or when your streaming starts to get caught somewhere between leap computing and the ISP?

 

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