USA - At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Artesyn Embedded Technologies (www.artesyn.com) and Gamestream (www.gamestream.com) in collaboration with Intel unveiled a new industry-leading cloud gaming solution that will enable telecom operators and hospitality providers to dramatically lower the cost and eliminate the complexity of rolling out branded gaming-as-a-service offerings to their customers.
Gamestream, a cloud gaming innovator, will offer its white label cloud gaming platform and premium gaming catalog using the MaxCore® high-performance server from Artesyn, a leader in computing platforms for communications networks.
The server is powered by the new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, which brings together a high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor – all in a single package.
This hardware and software combination offers more than double the user density and half the power consumption per server than current server-based solutions. A single 3U MaxCore server, loaded with PCI Express cards featuring the new Intel Core processor, running the Gamestream cloud gaming solution will be able to host up to 60 concurrent gaming sessions.
Artesyn expects to have PCI Express add-in cards featuring the new Intel processor in the second half of 2018.
Gamestream has developed a highly portable thin client for network operator set-top-boxes, cable modems or smart TVs which can be ported at very low cost and simplifies deployment of the OTT cloud gaming solution. With licensed games ready to stream, customers can go live with a solution quickly and easily with minimal upfront capital expenditure.
Ivan Lebeau, chairman and CEO of Gamestream, said: “Currently, the distribution of video games still depends on physical and downloadable models. However, the evolution of the music and movie industries leads us to believe that the gaming industry is set to follow the same pattern.
The unlimited streaming model in the video game industry is still in its early stages and its development faces several technical challenges, which the combination of the latest Intel processors and Artesyn’s MaxCore server helps us to overcome. We can now offer more than double the user density and half the power consumption per server than current solutions, dramatically reducing the cost to our customers and maintaining an excellent gaming experience for their subscribers.”
Gamestream has the widest range of negotiated games licenses for streaming in the industry, giving their customers access to the largest potential catalogue of games. Gamestream has partnered with software houses such as Disney, Konami, Codemasters, THQ Nordic and Maximum Games.
These partnerships allow Gamestream to distribute hits such Lego Star Wars, Pro-Evolution Soccer 2018, GRID AutoSport and Red Faction. Gamestream customers are free to define their own catalogue of games depending on geographical preferences and targeted audiences.