Qualcomm Collab To Deliver Cloud-Based Gaming To Mobile Devices

 

Hatch-3roomsIn an announcement by Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, inc a new subscription service for cloud-based gaming for mobile devices will be delivered by Qualcomm and Hatch Entertainment, a subsidiary of Rovio Entertainment, in a collaboration between the two companies.

The service will be playable on servers based on Qualcomm Centric™ 2400 – the worlds first 10nm server processor.

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“The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server processor was purpose built for cloud to deliver exceptional performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar,” said Vishal Gupta, vice president of business development at Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies. “We bring high compute density and energy efficiency with Qualcomm Centriq 2400 to help drive Hatch’s innovative cloud game streaming solution.”

The new service will utilize Hatch Entertainment’s innovative online streaming delivery model will be combined with Qualcomm’s server technology to deliver the service.

The service will will allow mobile gamers to experience full-featured games running at 60 frames per second, optimized for low-latency gaming performance over mobile data networks.

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Despite the power of the servers and technology behind the service, gaming through this service will require less than half of the bandwidth required for video-based game streaming solutions.

Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400 will offer a 48 core processor that will help Hatch Entertainment provide a large number of game instances per server.

Hatch will offer gamers high-quality gaming experiences in the cloud, while developers will be able to more easily afford and create multi-multi-synchronus multiplayer games.

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The service will work well for gamers wanting to free up space on their phones and will facilitate competitive gamers and family’s and friends who want to collaborate in-game on their mobile devices.

Our vision is to let people discover, play and share great games instantly and in real-time, bringing people together over games they love,” said Juhani Honkala, founder and chief executive officer, Hatch Entertainment. “Our collaboration with Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies is a significant leap forward in advancing our existing gaming technology and platform, which offers users a fun and completely new kind of gaming experience on mobile.”

Hatch Entertainment will showcase the new service in the Qualcomm Booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Feb. 26.

 

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New Pokémon GO Feature Makes the Game More Realistic

In what was an unexpected update, Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go, revealed the newest game update will bring more realistic augmented reality to the game, thanks to Apple’s ARkit development software.

That’s right, android users are getting left behind for now as Niantic works to develop a feature exclusive to Apple devices.

This new feature will begin to implement ARkit, apples new flagship development kit for developers to utilize AR more fluently.

For example, according to Niantic, Pokémon GO will use the new technology to make Pokémon occupy a fixed point in space, allowing players to walk up close to The Pokémon and observe it from all angles instead of The Pokémon just floating around in the air.

Beyond cosmetics, players will now be able to essentially sneak up on Pokémon and gain a greater amount of experience and chance to catch The Pokémon depending on their awareness level.

Awareness level is a new feature inside battles. It is represented by a bar at the bottom that raises if the player gets too close to The Pokémon during the battle, or makes too many quick moves.

Niantic said players will have to be careful trying to sneak up on Pokémon like Charizard but will find it easier to sneak up on Pokémon like Snorlax.

After testing the new update, I can personally say it is somewhat buggy. Pokémon appeared on top of objects as an overlay and didn’t quite look like they were sitting on the ground like I imagined.

“This is our first step toward making AR capabilities in Pokémon GO even more awesome, opening up the framework for greater AR experiences in the future.”

Overall, the new feature adds a layer of depth to the game, even if it is just cosmetic in nature.

Animal Crossing Provides A Relaxing Environment During A Stressful Time

Christmas is my favorite time of year, but it tends to be one of the most stressful times of year for me.

Between financial struggles, finals at University, and the long ride between college and home, there are various things that all ball together and create a chain reaction of stressful events.

Of course, relationships and friendships all help to lessen the stress, but I remember one game that used to tune me in and calm me down during pressured times.

Animal Crossing is a relaxing game. Either of its iterations will be able to provide a relaxing and interesting world to players.

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It offers a small, homey town with a house and friendly animals to talk to. The music, the characters and the environment are all cheery and uplifting.

Maybe it is just that, Animal Crossing provides a happy and cheerful environment to play through. No enemies or stressful events (except for the bees) to be found anywhere on the island.

It provides a second home experience.

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Though someone may abandon the game for years, the town that players spend so much time in, is still there. Albeit, villagers may leave or relocate, and weeds will certainly destroy the grass but that familiar house, the stores, the animals, they will be there.

Animal Crossing provides a familiarity, a consistence that allows players a place to return when life becomes unfamiliar or inconsistent.

I think that is what makes it so relaxing.

I always have my town to go back to. I can check in on villagers whenever I want, I don’t have to play everyday but I have that choice.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is another experience to enjoy now, and on mobile. Now I am not confined to my 3DS to play, but I have my town with me wherever I go.

I can always quickly open up the app and pop-in to check on how the animals in the game are doing.

I can always shake a few trees or catch a fish.

With the Christmas event underway in the game, I am finding myself more and more relaxed as Nintendo promises snow to come to the game.

Pocket Camp, though a mobile app, has carved a special place in my heart and I will keep it as long as it is available for me to return to.