On Friday, Rainway, a home-based streaming service that allows users to stream their PC games on the go, launched. It is fully compatible with AMD, Intel, and Nvidia hardware, and is “capable of encoding FULL HD at 60 Frames Per Second in under three milliseconds.”
Rainway allows users to play games on their internet browsers on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android, with native apps on the Xbox One and Android/iOS coming later this year, with Rainway Party launching in early 2020, which will allow users to play a co-op game online with their friends.
“Today’s launch has been a year in the making—we’ve worked tirelessly to improve the player experience and made upgrades based on user feedback, including the addition of a brand new UI and huge improvements to stability and performance.” said Andrew Sampson, co-founder and CEO. “Cloud gaming is huge right now, with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and others attempting to build a ‘Netflix for video games.’ Rainway’s “game streaming” services is different in that our software gives players complete flexibility while maintaining full control over their game library, all for free,” added Sampson.
For those interested in Rainway, it is available here.
It’s a good idea, but ideas don’t often hold up under reality. First, you need a decent PC, which isn’t inexpensive. Then you need good internet speeds, which is pretty much impossible for large sections of the US, let alone the rest of the world. Once that’s accomplished, you have to be within a few hundred miles or your ping will be pretty much unplayable, and that’s not forgetting the fact that you have to have good internet speeds at where you are at in order for the software to work properly. So, if you have a good PC, good internet speeds at both ends, and aren’t too far away, it works decently. Eh, I still think it’s too early.
What do you think of Rainway? Have you tried it yet? What do you think of game streaming? Let us know in the comments!