If you want to run some of the most demanding games on the market when it comes to their hardware compatibilities, you have to invest a few hundred bucks in a gaming PC or console, or at least upgrade your hardware components with a powerful GPU, a strong processor, and more plates of RAM memory. If that phrase sounds familiar to you, first of all, welcome to the club! That’s what any gamer has been told until a few years ago, but guess what? Technology evolves at a light-speed pace, and so do our options when it comes to gaming.
Gamers nowadays might not need consoles and gaming PCs in order to run their favorite games. Why would you invest hundreds of dollars in a console or a gaming PC when there are much more efficient and affordable ways to dive into those immersive virtual worlds? That’s because it’s 2023 out there, and 2024 is just around the corner. Let’s cut to the chase and find out how you can run your favorite video games without investing in a bulky console or a gaming laptop!
Cloud gaming services
Getting yourself a monthly subscription plan at a cloud gaming service such as NVIDIA GeForce Now, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna is your ticket to playing a lot of highly demanding games when it comes to the hardware components, even if you have a low-RAM PC. It doesn’t matter anymore what configuration you have on your PC as long as you want to play a game through a cloud gaming service. That’s the beauty of these amazing services, as they were built to display the games for you and allow you to control them even without putting your PC’s hardware to a lot of work. Cloud gaming services can even be accessed from a multitude of platforms, not necessarily laptops or bulky desktop PCs. For instance, when it comes to the Google Stadia service, you can even use it from a tablet, a smartphone, a TV, or a MacBook. In other words, you can get fast and smooth access to the games that your heart desires even if your PC or device that you use to go online has very low hardware specs.
Of course, the main and probably only downside of using cloud gaming services is that a monthly fee is required. If you can live with that, that’s great. On the other hand, if you’re more like a casual gamer who likes to run games only from time to time, maybe it’s best to seek more affordable options.
Let’s put it this way: everybody wants and needs a smartphone nowadays, whether they plan to use them for hobbies (video recording, taking photos, etc.) or just for basic activities such as checking the bank account, reading emails, scrolling through social media posts, and so on. Therefore, when you need to buy yourself a new phone, getting one with at least 6-8GB of RAM and a powerful processor is a ‘must’ if you’re into gaming. That’s because smartphones nowadays are capable of running a lot of high-graphics games, and you can even use them for cloud gaming services as well. In other words, you can play games that are exclusively available for the PC on your smartphone as long as you use a cloud gaming service.
Furthermore, you can connect a gamepad, a physical keyboard, a monitor, and a mouse to your Android phone or iPhone while playing your favorite games. In this way, you can get a much more realistic console/PC experience for your gaming needs when, in reality, your smartphone does all the work.
Of course, in the end, a person could say that buying a console or gaming laptop is still a better idea than giving much lower amounts of money to a cloud gaming service just because, in the latter case, you have to do it every month and as long as you use that service. That’s not necessarily a wrong idea, but let’s not forget that a gaming PC or console has a limited lifespan of a few years. Spending hundreds of dollars for a gaming PC or console to satisfy your gaming needs might still not be worth it in the long run, considering that those machines won’t last forever. On the other hand, cloud gaming services should exist as long as the companies that created them don’t go bankrupt.