Call of Duty, Cloud Gaming, and What It All Means
According to an article from New Rising Media, Treyarch, developer of the Call of Duty series, posted job openings on their website soliciting help to work on the next installment of the hit video game series.
The recent November release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 broke all previous sales records by accumulating $775 million in the first five days of the game’s release. Some believe the video game developer will be taking the battlefield to space due to the fact Activision has registered domain names like “Call of Duty: Future Warfare” and “Space Warfare” in the past.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed the release of a new installment in 2012 in a letter accompanying the financial quarterly report, according to an article on Gamespot.
Be that as it may, the question you should be asking yourself isn’t “When will I be playing it?” but rather “What am I going to be playing it on?”
OnLive, an innovator in cloud gaming technology, is now offering a way to play video games like Batman: Arkham City and Saint’s Row, which until now have been restrained to consoles like Xbox and Playstation, on your tablet or smartphone.
Currently offering around 200 different titles, the state-of-the-art OnLive service allows the same – if not better – quality of gameplay over WiFi or 4G network through your computer, TV, smartphone, or tablet. While most of these titles require the use of a $49.99 OnLive controller to play, the free OnLive app now offers the ability to play 25 high-quality console-class games through a touch-screen interface.
Basically, we’re looking at the beginning of the end for top-end gaming consoles and truly the ability to play online with OnLive anytime and anywhere.
However, Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, claimed in the New York Times article that pragmatically speaking there is still one last cohort of gaming consoles to come before cloud gaming will really take hold. Plus, the willingness of major videogame developers like Activision to offer their games on the service is pivotal.
Regardless, this relatively unexplored area of cloud computing and the way it’s being utilized raises questions about the potential of the technology and how it is changing businesses collectively.
Workday, a startup company focused on business solutions and services such as Human Capital Management and Financial Management, is using cloud technology to reduce costs and tailor information technology needs to companies through an array of applications in its Software as a Service approach.
Estimated at around $2 billion, Workday’s likely 2012 IPO is one of the most anticipated to date.
As complicated and broad as that may sound, the gist of the situation is cloud computing is here to stay and it’s continued implementation into all forms of markets, like OnLive, shows that the sky really is the limit for the cloud.