Companies like Nvidia and OnLive have been trying to run streaming technology for years, but we have finally achieved critical mass. Google is preparing to launch its Stadia platform, and it could have a shot to success. Meanwhile, Nvidia is testing GeForce Now and Microsoft promises to launch xCloud soon. Bethesda is preparing to roll out its own streaming media technology called Orion. However, this is not an alternative to current gaming streaming platforms. Instead, Orion Integrate with games to improve streaming services.
All game streaming services operate on a similar principle. Instead of rendering images on your local hardware, using a server around the world makes the game for you. What you see on your screen is a compressed video stream of the game. Your control entries go back to the server to interact with the game. It's like playing a game with very, very long threads.
Latency and bandwidth are the bottlenecks that game streaming difficult to do things right. With too much latency, your controls are slow. Insufficient bandwidth results in buffering and poor image quality. Orion is expected to complete gambling streaming services by streamlining the game. Bethesda says that implementing some of Orion's features could cut the bandwidth needed for high-quality streaming by 40%. Taking Stadia as an example, the demand for 25 Mbps for games in 1080p could be reduced to 15 Mbps. For 4K, it goes from 35 Mbps to 21 Mbps.
Orion also has technology that saves time in the end. The time required to encode an image can go down to 30%. The calculation work required for this framework could also be dropped by 20%. This means that businesses could spend less on streaming games, reducing costs.
It will be up to game developers to use Bethesda's Orion technology, and it is unclear whether Bethesda expects widespread adoption. Bethesda would be in talks with several studios. The company plans to beta test later this year using Doom Eternal. Strangely, this test will not be done via an established game streaming service. The Bethesda Standalone Test will allow players to cast Doom Eternal in 4K resolution at 60 fps. Doom Eternal will be running on Stadia at launch, but it's unclear whether Google will support Orion technology.