Download More RAM With LiquidSky!
What if I told you that you could download more RAM from the great and magical cloud to speed up your computer? Yeah, I know. That joke is really old. Its the one were there is this video with a guy saying you can type a few commands into a CMD and hit enter or visit some random site, click a link and all the RAM you desire will be downloaded like a piece of software. Presto! Your computer goes from having 2 GB of RAM to 32 GB of RAM in seconds and for free. Well, guess what? LiquidSky might be able to deliver RAM, GPU, and CPU for the gaming community from the cloud. While you might not be able to download more physical resources to you computer, LiquidSky will essentially give you the ability to stream system resources to your computer to use for high-end gaming on low-end computers, tables, mobile phone and smart TVs. Just as Netflix allows you to stream a movie or television program to any device with a screen, LiquidSky will all you to stream a full-fledged gaming computer to any device with a screen regardless of the specs of the device you own.
What Is Liquid Sky
Essentially, it is a remote desktop just like Teamviewer or RDP allowing you to log into a computer or server from anywhere an internet connection is available. So, why not just use one of these for gaming? Well, for starters, if you have a great gaming PC at home, you don’t really need a service like LiquidSky. You can just use your computer normally to play games. This new service is for those that either do not have a good gaming PC or would like to have the ability to play any PC game on any device they own whether its on a tablet in the bathroom or on a phone on a park bench. Renting a VPS with a GPU and enough RAM to run games on even moderate setting would be crazily expensive and not worth the cost. Then there is the lag. Using a remote desktop (either a home computer or one hosted at a data center) has never been an enjoyable experience because of the input lag. When you hit the mouse button to fire the fatal shot into your opponent’s face it takes a second or 2 for the game to register since you push the button, the data saying you pushed a button is transferred to the remote computer, the command is executed and the video showing what happens travels back to your computer. For the majority of games, this makes the game completely unplayable. You might as well set the video settings to Full-Shitty and play in all its pixelated and missing texture glory on your potato at home.
There have been a few attempts in the past at remote gaming computers, but all have failed. LiquidSky believe they have solved the lag problems and can provided a remote gaming computer that can be used to play the newest games on the highest graphic settings and reducing the lag to the point where its unnoticeable. Even faced paced FPS games like CSGO and Call of Duty are playable. With a mix of custom hardware, gigabyte internet speeds and strategically placed data centers (more have been added recently), and affordable pricing plans that include a free option; LiquidSky promises games with high quality visuals and little to no lag. As I have not tested the product myself, I cannot say for sure if they can deliver on their promises but beta reviews have been promising. I did see a video of a LiquidSky beta tester playing CS:GO and he had positive comments.
Base requirements are pretty low and include the following:
- For Windows: at least 5 Mb/sec Internet speed (5 GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet), Intel HD 4000 GPU or newer, 2 GB of RAM, Windows 7 or higher.
- For Android: at least 5 Mb/sec Internet speed (5 GHz Wi-Fi or 4G), Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher
- For Mac Alpha: at least 5 Mb/sec Internet speed (5 GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet), 2 GB of RAM 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher
- For Linux Alpha: at least 5 Mb/sec Internet speed (5 GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet), 2 GB of RAM, Linux distributions with GNOME based Desktop Environments
You can use PC games you already own on Steam, Origin and other similar platforms or those that don’t require a launcher at all. This is nice as some competing services force you to buy game from them or limit you to a number of preselected low quality games. You can stream to Twitch and other streaming services directly from your SkyComputer (their name for the remote desktop).
The Proof Is In The Pudding
If you are not currently in the beta program, LiquidSky will be open to the public on March 14th, 2017. I intend to purchase a subscription plan and giving it a try. I’m really hoping this service will work. I’m liking the idea of running a full PC game like Fallout 4 on a phone while on an extended road trip. And, as an owner or a mediocre gaming PC, I’m looking forward to using a higher graphic settings for streams and embedded videos for game review articles. This can also open up the door for Xbox gamers who have purchase Xbox games that include the PC version as well to be able to play new games on a crappy computers.
Thoughts on LiquidSky? Is this something that you would use? Comment below.
UPDATE 3/15/17: The release of the new LiquidSky has been delayed. Not ETA has been give. From the LiquidSky team: “However, due to unforeseen circumstances in finalizing various performance upgrades/optimizations, The Brand New LiquidSky will NOT be released on March 14th, 2017.”