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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Gaming Connectivity Solutions out of 174
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 174 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 gaming connectivity startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 169 gaming connectivity solutions, get in touch.
OutReal creates a Cloud Gaming Platform
Not all people have access to or can afford powerful gaming rigs, but such personal computers (PCs) are required to play high-end games. Virtual reality (VR)-based gaming is especially demanding in terms of connectivity, requiring a high frame rate and resolution together with low latency to provide a good gaming experience. Modern connectivity technologies are fast enough to provide players without powerful hardware an alternative and, hence, startups develop cloud platforms for VR gaming.
OutReal is an Indian startup creating a VR cloud gaming platform. Their platform allows users to play graphics-intensive VR games using VR headsets as well as high-speed internet or even 5G. OutReal utilizes an ultra-low latency streaming stack that results in a latency of less than 1 millisecond.
EDGEGAP provides Edge Game Hosting Solutions
Latencies are very important to provide a good quality of experience for gaming. High latency causes lags and, particularly for gaming, unexpected behavior of other characters while playing online. Since lower latencies are especially important for multiplayer games, gamers playing closer to the servers get an undue competitive advantage. To level the playing field, startups develop solutions that host games on the edge, hence, providing low latency for more players.
Canadian startup EDGEGAP provides edge game hosting for multiplayer games. Their network has 220 sites worldwide, providing gaming companies with hosting services close to the players’ location. The platform is scalable and reliable, supporting fast-growing projects, and auto-healing in case of failure. On the player’s side, the platform provides not only low but equal latencies for all players, enabling truly competitive gaming.
Parsec enables PC-based Game Streaming
A remote desktop is an older technology that provides access to PCs from local or global networks. Until recently, they only had limited capabilities such as quality loss and high latency. However, to keep up with live streaming of gaming events or competitions, startups advance connectivity solutions for PCs. Next-generation telecommunication technologies, in combination with the fast-encoding capabilities of modern platforms, allow for real-time game streaming.
Parsec is a US-based startup creating a low-latency game streaming software that allows users to convert their PC into a remote gaming rig. Parsec supports multiple platforms and gamers’ social communication. Further, a high-quality stream allows game developers, designers, architects, and engineers to detail picture resolution and color accuracy.
AMPD builds Cloud Hosting & Gaming Solutions
The modern gaming industry requires a series of complex solutions to support all in-game features. For example, some games compute physics on the hosting server to prevent cheating, others use high-accuracy transmission of players’ movement to calculate virtual hits and misses better. There are also large-scale multiplayer games, such as Fortnite or Call of Duty (COD), with more than 100 simultaneous players at a single match or location. All of this adds to the extensive computation on the server side. Startups are working on cloud-based solutions that efficiently and securely manage large multiplayer gaming formats.
Canadian company AMPD offers a range of solutions for cloud gaming and game hosting. Their AMPD METAL offers both CPU-based and GPU-based solutions. The startup also offers AMPD STORAGE to build a high-performance application architecture for game developers. Further, AMPD CLOUD PLUS allows for flexible public cloud deployment on powerful hardware, allowing visualization of computation and network operations. This solution provides dashboards, big data management tools, disaster recovery solutions, and cloud security.
QuarkXR integrates Cloud Streaming into Unity Apps
Streaming information from the cloud is widely used in traditional VR games to show in-game ads or tutorials, dynamically update virtual worlds, or stream entire games from the cloud. Conventional streaming focuses only on video or audio streaming, but VR requires more types of data to be transmitted. Hence, startups are working on streaming solutions that enable 360-degree videos, movement tracking, and haptic or touch simulation data, among others.
US-based startup QuarkXR develops the Unity software development kit (SDK) to integrate cloud streaming into Unity apps. The QuarkXR Unity SDK eases development processes, allowing for different codecs depending on format requirements for files, video, or audio. Moreover, the startup enables streaming content directly from the cloud to different kinds of VR or augmented reality (AR) devices. QuarkXR’s streaming solution also supports video, audio, tracking, and haptic data as well as other kinds of generic input and output.
Discover more Connectivity Startups
Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on cloud- and edge-based game hosting and streaming solutions as well as support for PC gamers and developers using Unity apps. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing gaming connectivity, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more gaming or connectivity technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.