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3 Movements in Cloud Gaming That Will Make You Ditch the Console

Because no one uses CDs or cartridges anymore. Duh.

We've come a long way with video games. First it was Pong, then it was Super Mario Bros., and now we're crushing candy on our phones while on a train to school, let alone building forts online and playing with others from clear across the world. But no one -- and I mean no one -- could've been prepared for the next generation of video gaming that would literally change the way we not only played them but acquired them. Cloud gaming is here.

What Is "Cloud Gaming" Exactly?

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Picture having the ability to play a real-world expansive story without  a console and without a disk or cartridge. Imagine that. Now imagine that you don't even need to download the game anywhere. You don't even need to download it onto cloud storage.

The game you want to play already exists in that cloud, like a central hub designed to house all your information -- everything from your point totals, to your inventory, and even your characteristics. It's a phenomenal concept, one that has existed for quite a while, actually (they were called "MUDS"). But only now have they transcended the chat-room feel and taken the cloud even higher up than you're used to.

The cloud already made things pretty easy. You can access it online via browser. Oftentimes you had to download additional files. They oftentimes still took up space on your computer or digital device. Thanks to what we're learning now, cloud gaming does so much more, such as:

The Apple Arcade

You remember what the subscription model is all about, right? Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more. Just imagine what it would be like to have a cloud subscription for gaming! And Apple has the goods on it.

What About Google?

Don't count them out either. After all, they're the masterminds behind Google Play, but now the company's getting behind their own exclusive brand of cloud gaming that may change everything.

And Lastly, Nvidia and Softbank

What are these two companies doing? Something astonishing.... Just click here and find out (this alone changes the way cloud gaming works).

It's No Wonder Cloud Gaming Is One of the Latest Rages of Technology

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Nowhere else do you see souls connecting over a game from clear across the world. It's the ultimate get-together. Games make everything great for humanity, so when you put this model up in the cloud the way these thought leaders are doing, that only benefits humanity even more. What do you think of cloud gaming? SIGN UP FOR A VIGYAA ACCOUNT AND LET EVERYONE KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS. Also be sure to CHECK OUT THE DATA DRIVEN INVESTORS FOR MORE INSIGHTS ON THE INDUSTRY OF TECHNOLOGY.


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Is an OLED screen worth it?

OLED monitors tend to have faster pixel response times and better contrast ratios, although their very high prices make them much less accessible than ordinary LCD monitors.

As such, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED monitor, as a high-quality LCD monitor will be fully capable of providing a satisfying experience at much lower prices.

OLED technology has been around for a while, but it's only just starting to break into the monitor and TV market. Even so, screens using this technology remain few and more importantly - they are expensive.

So what is the reason for the exorbitant price of most OLED monitors, and what are their advantages and disadvantages compared to ordinary LCD monitors?

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OLED vs LCD display technology

Whenever you see a screen marketed as an “LED” monitor, it usually means an LED LCD screen. To be more specific, it uses LED backlighting, but it's the LCD technology that does most of the work.

On the other hand,

OLED technology has no active backlight. Instead, each pixel is independently lit and works as its own light source.

This has many implications for the quality and performance of a screen.

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Contraste OLED vs LCD

OLED screens have been present in smartphones for a long time.

In fact, Samsung’s first Galaxy S phone used OLED, although the technology was much less refined at the time.

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For years, smartphone users have debated the merits of the LCD vs OLED display, and everything that can be said about it also applies to larger displays.

OLED displays can achieve much higher contrast because they can display true black by simply turning off pixels.

On the other hand, any screen with active backlight cannot completely block the light, so that black is displayed in dark gray. Certainly, some panels (like VA) are better for displaying blacks, but they still don't match the OLEDs in this department.

Speaking of backlighting, there is a common problem that LED LCD screens to call bleeding from the backlight. When this happens, some of the light “bleeds” on the screen, leading to inconsistent blacks.

This can happen either as irregular white spots (so-called "clouds") or as visibly brighter areas at the corners or along the edges of the screen.

Since OLED displays do not use active backlighting, they do not have this problem. Overall, OLED wins hands down in this regard.

Observation angles

A viewing angle determines the width of the angle from which the display can be viewed without any visible loss of image quality. As you move outside the specified viewing angle of the screen, the color distortion begins to become visible.

OLED screens have excellent viewing angles, mainly because there is very little space behind the screen for the light to diffract.

The situation with LCD screens is a little more complicated since the viewing angles depend mainly on the type of panel used. So, for example, a good IPS panel can easily match the viewing angles of an OLED, while a TN panel can't even get close to it.

OLED color reproduction

The most remarkable and often the most marketable quality of a screen is its ability to dazzle the viewer with its vibrant and realistic color reproduction.

In most cases, OLED and LCD screens are on flat ground in this regard.

However, as with viewing angles, the color accuracy of an LCD screen depends mainly on the panel used. IPS and VA panels tend to have excellent color reproduction, while colors produced by TN panels tend to look quite washed out.

HDR is a display technology with a simple goal: to make the displayed image appear as close to reality as possible. This is achieved by creating a more realistic contrast and producing a more intense light.

Now, as we have already determined, OLED definitely has the advantage in terms of contrast. However, LCD screens can still hold on by having a more powerful backlight. Both technologies are quite capable of producing good HDR, so, once again, we have a tie.

Performance - Refresh rate and response time

Well, first of all, you'll be happy to know that modern OLED displays are quite capable of achieving such high refresh rates. In addition, their theoretical limits are very high, so that they could reach even higher refresh rates one day, but this is not necessary.

As for response times, they literally overwrite LCD screens as they can have response times as low as 0.1ms. During this time, the fastest TN panels cannot go down to 1ms.

We are inclined to give the OLED focus, mainly because of the much faster response times.

OLED vs LCD screen price

And now the big question - is an OLED screen worth it?

As we said before, OLED displays are very expensive and will remain so for the foreseeable future. More importantly, it is not only that they are expensive, but that they are of questionable value. Their only concrete and the tangible advantage is their superior contrast.

That said, we will have to give this round to the LCD screens. A good LCD monitor will be more than capable of equaling an OLED in terms of visual quality and performance.

Conclusion Should we buy an OLED screen?

Overall, we do not yet recommend purchasing an OLED display.

As is often the case with (relatively) new technologies, it takes time to perfect them and to truly penetrate the market. Do you remember when the first 4K TVs started to roll out and cost thousands of euros?

Now you can get a 4K TV for less than € 300. Not really a good 4K TV, but a 4K all the same.

It will be the same with OLED in the years to come. Manufacturing processes will improve, the technology itself will improve, and prices will eventually fall to more affordable three-digit numbers.

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