How to Prepare Your Home for Cloud Gaming?

Cloud Gaming
Cloud Gaming

It is increasingly common for many homes or Wi-Fi networks to have 100Mbps of Internet connection or higher. This makes cloud gaming possible. With this technology, users can easily stream demanding games from their consoles or gaming PC to their smartphones or tablet. With a game controller or onscreen interface, people can play platformers and action games easily on their mobile devices. Because mobile devices only stream the game, they don’t require significant hardware resources. If you don’t have expensive consoles or gaming PC at home, it is possible to purchase digital copies of the latest games and run them on remote servers. With a monthly subscription, you can play demanding games on your mobile devices anywhere, as long as you have a good Internet connection.  

A stable and very fast Internet connection with very little latency is required for cloud gaming. 4G LTE or DSL won’t cut it. You need a 5G or fiber connection for a proper cloud gaming experience. You need 25Mbps or higher for cloud gaming at 1080p resolution and at least 15Mbps for 720p resolution. As mentioned above, connection speeds are not enough. Latency determines the response of the game. Although data packet travels at the speed of light, there are things that cause delays. It means when you tap a button on the display, it will take time for the console, PC, or server to know that. If the delay is too long, your character or vehicle will be less responsive, making the game difficult or impossible to play. When choosing a high-speed connection for cloud gaming, make sure that you have less than 50ms latency. The cloud gaming software should have a built-in latency test feature.

If you have access to good 5G connection, it should be possible to achieve 50Mbps connection. It should also offer lower latency that’s good for gaming. Even for 720p resolution, many 4G LTE networks are not adequate. However, it still depends on the type of game. Action games are latency-sensitive, while turn-based games can be resistant to most latency issues. If you already have a good connection, make sure that you have good routers as well. Latency problems can happen because you have poor local network and inadequate routers. You should have good Wi-Fi coverage and make sure that there’s no interference from nearby appliances like microwave or fridge.

One way to optimize the connection is to use a feature called Quality of Service or QoS in your router. This feature prioritizes certain devices in the network by giving them high-bandwidth in a more consistent manner. Cloud gaming could be problematic if someone downloads large files or watch Netflix in your network. You need to read the user’s manual to know how to properly configure the QoS settings. If you can’t do it, it is better to ask a technician. However, for people with decent knowledge in computer technology, configuring router should be quite easy. As an example, you may type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser to open settings of your router. Type in username and password to open the interface of your router.