AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are looking to provide...

AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are looking to provide heavy duty video games - such as those from EA - to TVs over their cable infrastructure, Bloomberg reports. The move would provide another major threat to console makers such as Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT), adding to that from smartphone games. However, operators still need to get the technology right.

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  • dreadlordnaf
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    Whoever wrote that original Bloomberg article I think has no basic knowledge of console systems or computer hardware in general. A TV is not going to run anything more than the crappiest of games because it lacks the dedicated hardware for running the best games which are quite demanding on hardware. A dedicated CPU, a GPU, sizeable memory, Bluetooth or IR for controllers etc.


    So if those companies are going to add the equivalent of minesweeper and such to the TV functions, ok I guess… But if they really want to turn them into gaming machines, the ones that can play the CODs and GTAs of the world, then someone is still going to need to make “gaming hardware.” It’s just that hardware will be imbedded on the TV which means you can’t upgrade or change it out as easy. I guess I am not seeing the benefits of this.


    Lastly, those companies involved don’t give me a lot of faith that they know what they are doing when it comes to entering the gaming world. Comcast cant even please customers who just want basic cable. Gamers are a whole different crowd…
    25 Sep 2012, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • surfnspy
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    Minesweeper! LMAO.
    25 Sep 2012, 01:06 PM Reply Like
  • racchole
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    Without reading the Bloomberg article, I am inclined to think you have misunderstood the execution method for this technology. The games would be run on fully-capable hardware systems at a cable company's warehouse. The TV is just a middle-man, streaming the audio and video. There would have to be a unit (I assume a PC) running the software being outputted in our living rooms.
    25 Sep 2012, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • dreadlordnaf
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    This only supports my viewpoint then. Do you know the data transfer rate of a PCI-express 2.0 video card to a motherboard? It’s around 16 GB/s. That is how fast data is moving from the motherboard to the graphics card to then be displayed on your monitor. How are they going to replicate this performance on today’s internet if the processing is done all in the cloud and only the results are piped to your TV? When is the last time you were able to download a 16 gig file in one second on your internet? Probably never. Hence, these games are going to be very limited. Think about it this way, Youtube is an example of a service where the processing is all done in the cloud and just the output display is piped to you. Yet even Youtube is very laggy at times, especially if you watch something HD, yet streaming one way video is vastly more simple than doing a video game through the cloud which requires high speed data transfer both ways and requires the video to update and change on the fly, because, well, it’s a game and not a set video.


    I understand what they are trying to do, but there is a reason every single online-only game like WoW, Guild Wars 2, etc. still have client-side system requirements. Because there is no way they could emulate the level of performance through the cloud due to how fast they would need the internet to be in order to make it a comparable experience with having the hardware on the client side - mainly due to the graphics issue. So unless as part of this Comcast has plans to boost internet speeds 1000 fold, I stand by my minesweeper comment. These games are going to be very weak.
    25 Sep 2012, 04:09 PM Reply Like
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    A threat to Microsoft ,LOL, Microsoft is a technology bank. Back up the truck while you can Microsoft will be over $45.00 by this year.


    The giant has awoken.


    25 Sep 2012, 03:03 PM Reply Like
  • Greenspanblows
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    Comcast can't even get cable right. They are possibly the worst run company in America. I am sure Sony is terrified. What a joke? Who comes up with this garbage?
    25 Sep 2012, 04:22 PM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    Keep on dreaming.
    25 Sep 2012, 06:29 PM Reply Like
  • soda5oda
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    they're probably going to implement their own cloud gaming service. check out the same way they stream on demand movies and tv shows, they'll be able to do the same with video games. i'm sure the set top box will need to be swapped out to accomodate the use of a controller, etc. but the tech is already out there and being implemented by other companies
    25 Sep 2012, 04:39 PM Reply Like
  • whereisdagnytaggart
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    "The move would provide another major threat to console makers such as Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT)"


    How ironic soda5oda....Sony owns, I wonder if these speculating hopefuls do any homework at all.



    In my opinion we are entering the "Spirit age"....physical constructs such as: brick and mortar stores, cable cords and hardware are dying, less is more and cheaper and more efficient....Cloud and convenience is the future.


    I am long MSFT, NFLX
    26 Sep 2012, 05:56 PM Reply Like
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