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AMD Next-Gen GPU Runs Crysis on iPhone

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OTOY demonstrated its game streaming service by running Crysis on an iPhone and using AMD's latest GPU server-side.

Yesterday Ars Technica reported that it attended an AMD event on board the USS Hornet, and was able to check out the company's future products first-hand. Although the site was floored by 2.5 teraFLOPS of floating-point power provided by AMD's next-gen GPU, Ars seemed rather tickled to see all that processing power enabling a Crysis demo to run on an iPhone. In fact, Ars said it was probably "the most profoundly intriguing use of AMD's upcoming GPU."

That's right, Crysis. OTOY was responsible for such a feat, offering a service that supposedly delivers 3D games in real-time across the Internet without bogging down the target device, whether it's a low-end PC or, in this case, Apple's iPhone. The process works by rendering the game on a server machine (notably using AMD's new GPU no less), and the frames are grabbed by OTOY's server-side software. The frames are then compressed and delivered over the network to the client. The client software thus decompresses the frames and displays them in a window. User input is then sent back to the server over UDP.

In the case of the Crysis demo, the presentation appeared to work flawlessly. "The iPhone's screen was small enough that I couldn't discern any compression artifacts, and the gameplay was smooth and responsive," said Ars Technica's Jon Stokes. "Aside from the half-baked control scheme, which was apparently hacked together at the last minute, this really was Crysis running on an iPhone."

Stokes did bring up a good point in his hands-on with the Crysis demo: why would AMD/ATI think that streaming games across the Internet is a good long-term idea? After all, wouldn't the company make more money off gamers and general consumers purchasing new graphics cards than gaming services upgrading their render farms? More than likely the company probably sees the streaming market as a new source of revenue in addition to current consumer consumption... at least for now.

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    ssalim , September 11, 2009 10:17 PM
    Careful, if you die (in Crysis), the iPhone overheats self and explodes at your expense.
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    Hellbound , September 11, 2009 10:09 PM
    Nice!! I wonder how long it will take for this sort of service to hit us consumers?
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    BallistaMan , September 11, 2009 10:09 PM
    For a minute there you had me thinking that the iPhone was somehow actually running Crysis. :p 

    I have to admit that that 2.5 TFLOPs number is still making my jaw drop. My entire system (still running dual 8800GTS 640s + a Q6600) is like...half of that...
  • 15 Hide
    gto127 , September 11, 2009 10:10 PM
    I knew AMD had something up their sleeves. This explains why AMD's stock has been going up so much. Those stock market guys always know whats going on before everyone else.
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2009 10:14 PM
    that's all fine, but... will it run crys... ... :o 
  • 47 Hide
    ssalim , September 11, 2009 10:17 PM
    Careful, if you die (in Crysis), the iPhone overheats self and explodes at your expense.
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    waikano , September 11, 2009 10:18 PM
    I think Hardware is going to be like CDs and DVDs...Most people still want to be able to touch their stuff. Not to say that digital delivery is bad, just look at CD and DVD sales though, people still buy these things.
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    makotech222 , September 11, 2009 10:20 PM
    WOW running crysis at 320x240 resolution is easy... lol.
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    falchard , September 11, 2009 10:22 PM
    But can it play Crysis?

    US Fiber Optic networks are still half a decade from doing this type of service well. I would imagine you could get a larger profit from this over selling a GPU. The systems would probably cost $1k/year to maintain. With a simple $10/month premium and a large enough farm, you could easily expect to have atleast 10 people on every system considering for how long a period of time people play a game.
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2009 10:25 PM
    Now how many pigeons did it take to get Crysis running on the iPhone? :lol: 
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    frozenlead , September 11, 2009 10:25 PM
    That's not Crysis...the whole hoopla about Crysis was it's graphics, which can't be done on that tiny screen. They duplicated Crysis's gameplay for the iPhone...which is nothing significant. At all.
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    Pyroflea , September 11, 2009 10:31 PM
    Sure, it ran on that single iPhone. What happens when tens of millions of people try to play it at once? There's no way their network would be able to hold up, and the added latency would cause considerable lag.
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    Major7up , September 11, 2009 10:51 PM
    Are we moving back to terminal based computing but on a global scale? I think that we are...
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    zachary k , September 11, 2009 11:05 PM
    does not count if its not max settings. iphone is still a POS for doucebags
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    amabhy , September 11, 2009 11:13 PM
    lol just wait till the iphones get overloaded on their shitty little processors and explode.
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 11, 2009 11:33 PM
    Jesus, I just can't get over the negativity!!! WHERE is this coming from!? The iPhone is FRIGGIN AWESOME but FRIGGIN EXPENSIVE!!! AMD/ATI makes awesome video cards! Sweet! Glad they found some other use! I am personally creep'd the hell out by the whole render farm idea.. I like being at home with my machine. Having someone else render it for me sounds kind of weird. I seriously pay attention to detail and nit-pick EVERYTHING, so when I see people bash the iPhone, I just cannot figure out what is so bad about them? I mean, if you just wan't to say, "ThE iFone SuCkS!!" Then, be my guest but personally I wish that crap was kept to yourselves, unless you have a reason you don't like it? I would love to see some back ups. Serious.
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    dingumf , September 11, 2009 11:39 PM
    i need to see video or it never happened
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    mrhappy50 , September 11, 2009 11:43 PM
    OK I have 1 grenade.. CRAP!! IM HOLDING IT AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!..
    --Iphone explodes--
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    Sicundercover , September 11, 2009 11:49 PM
    I Think what people are really trying to get at here is that its not really Crysus. The title says "AMD Next-Gen GPU Runs Crysis on iPhone" which is obviously there to get your attention.

    As others have said before me, what makes Crysis hard to run is the Graphics. What the title should say is:

    "Stream FPS's to your iPhone via new AMD GPU".
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    uncfan_2563 , September 12, 2009 12:00 AM
    Haha at first i thought they were rendering the game on the iPhone itself. Now that'll be the day
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    razor512 , September 12, 2009 12:19 AM
    have any of these companies thought about ping times, if a enemy runs up to you, you don't want a 60-300ms delay in your actions. a 10ms delay in a mouses power saving is enough to get you killed

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