Intel launches datacenter GPUs while Google shuts down cloud gaming

by Zaveria K October 3, 2022

Intel launches data center GPUs for artificial intelligence and games, while Google shuts down the cloud computing platform

Intel discreetly launches data center GPUs designed to power Android-based cloud computing. Intel said it is rolling out Datacenter GPUs and its $ 329 Intel Arc 770 for mid-range gaming computers as well. The timing may not be great as there are many GPU chips available on the market.

On the other hand, the cloud gaming market hasn’t been great this year as Google will shut down the Stadia cloud gaming service by January 2023. Three years after launch, Stadia has finally been put to rest. The company said it has proven over the years and will continue to offer that technology and cloud computing. Additionally, other competitors such as Amazon Luna, Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now continue to provide their services. The platform originally planned to go big by launching integrations and other internal studios exclusively, but now everything is no longer happening, shutting down.

Cloud gaming is a promising concept

For gamers who want to enjoy gaming without having to build a spooky system that can cost a lot of money and, under certain circumstances, also have high energy and maintenance costs, cloud gaming solves several problems. Instead, if your internet connection is fast enough, your computer can play over the air, allowing other people to handle the processing while you play it on your monitor.

The concept has caught on in recent years, which is why several cloud gaming platforms are now available in addition to Google Stadia. Amazon’s Moon and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are more cloud gaming options besides Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming, Sony’s PlayStation Plus, and Sony’s PlayStation Now. While not all of the above services are supported in all countries, you may find more users than you expect in those that are.

More players now have a much faster connection to the web than a few years ago thanks to the introduction of 5G in more areas and the rapid acceleration of internet speeds. This allows many more people to access cloud gaming. Other benefits of the service include the ability to play on virtually any compatible device and restart your game progress from virtually any other device. Without having to physically carry any of your progress data, you could finish a boss battle in one game on your home PC and then play the next battle on your phone at a friend’s home.

What went wrong with Google Stadia?

Despite some teething problems, Google Stadia got off to a good start when it launched in November 2019, allowing users to join and start playing without the necessary hardware. Additionally, Stadia’s server speeds at the time were higher than those of competitors such as the PlayStation Pro program. However, just a year after launch, the platform’s fortunes began to deteriorate rapidly due to technological issues, lack of functionality. and simply not enough users.

Google reportedly said the program “didn’t get the traction with users” that the company had hoped for.

But that has been the case for a while. Google also introduced “Immersive Stream for Games,” a version of the service that third parties may license, in March of this year. Additionally, Google is said to have said it sees “the potential to use this technology in other sections of Google,” such as YouTube, Google Play, and the company’s augmented reality (AR) initiatives.

Intel’s discreet launch

Intel’s Arctic Sound-M discrete processing units for data centers have already started selling for about a month. Intel officially unveiled its Data Center Flex GPU series. When the products reach the required maturity levels, they will be made available through a number of Intel partners. The new graphics cards are based on the company’s Arc Alchemist graphics processors and are intended for a variety of data center applications.

There are two basic graphics card models available in the Intel Data Center GPU Flex product family: one is designed for performance-intensive workloads and the other is designed for extremely dense installations. The single-chip Flex Series 170 is designed for tasks that demand maximum performance and is based on an ACM-G10 GPU with up to 32 Xe cores (equivalent to up to 4,096 stream processors) and 16GB of memory. The dual-chip Flex Series 140 card is designed for high-density PCs and features two ACM-G11 GPUs with 16 Xe cores and 12GB of memory.

Server-grade graphics cards in the Intel Data Center GPU Flex family are fully supported by the company’s state-of-the-art interfaces and application programming tools, such as an API, OpenVINO, oneVPL, and VTune Profiler.

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