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WoW Played in Google TV Via Cloud Gaming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

It's World of Warcraft streamed onto Google TV via a host PC.

Over the weekend Aftercad announced that Blizzard's World of Warcraft can be played on Google TV by way of using its GameString Adrenalin "personal cloud gaming" service. The catch is that the game doesn't play directly on the device-- it's streamed in from the consumer's PC to the TV's built-in Google Chrome browser.

"Our GameString technology represents the next generation in cloud gaming as it doesn't rely on downloads, plugins, java or obscure codecs to work," said Chris Boothroyd, CEO of Aftercad. "The proof is in the fact it works with the Google TV right out of the box while other cloud gaming services will have to write an app to run it on."

The company claims that GameString Adrenalin is different than other cloud gaming efforts by leveraging the full potential of Flash and HTML5 on the PC or mobile device. This supposedly improves game performance and offers publishers more options when designing and deploying online games.

"Our unique Gaming-as-a-Service (GaaS) and Dual Rendering technologies let the cloud do all the crunchy processing stuff while your web browser handles the game UI," reads the GameString FAQ. "This also means that you'll be able to make wicked game mashups just like other web 2.0 media and have friends join in from any web browser anywhere."

To demonstrate the platform's capabilities, the staff chose their favorite MMORPG as the first public demo seen in the video below. Interested PC gamers can sign up for the upcoming beta here.

World of Warcraft on Google TV

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    spaceinvaderx , November 2, 2010 6:45 PM
    I wonder what the lag is like?
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    Aoster87 , November 2, 2010 6:51 PM
    You best have a powerful router.
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    stm1185 , November 2, 2010 7:09 PM
    Playing without a Mouse is not playing at all. Its work!
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    spaceinvaderx , November 2, 2010 6:45 PM
    I wonder what the lag is like?
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    Aoster87 , November 2, 2010 6:51 PM
    You best have a powerful router.
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    Hard Line , November 2, 2010 6:53 PM
    yeah a router that doesn't lock up with heavy use.....like my cough wrt54g and dlink 4500 "gaming" router
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    joytech22 , November 2, 2010 6:57 PM
    Hard Lineyeah a router that doesn't lock up with heavy use.....like my cough wrt54g and dlink 4500 "gaming" router


    You think that's bad? i have a Thompson Modem and that bloody thing restarts for no reason at any time.
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    juncture , November 2, 2010 7:02 PM
    :o  imagine the upcoming Crysis 2 being played on a notebook in a cafe!
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    Hard Line , November 2, 2010 7:04 PM
    upload a 20MB video to youtube ( daughter makes music videos) and locks up the wrt54g which then locks up the 4500.i have 4 wireless clients on the wrt and 2 wired clients to the 4500 ( had to make all wireless go to 54g cuz the 4500 would lock up 15 times a day... now it locks up once or twice a day
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    juncture , November 2, 2010 7:05 PM
    sorry for my above comment, forgot about the google tv part.. lol
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    Trialsking , November 2, 2010 7:08 PM
    If I am going to play on my big TV I want the aspect ratio at least correct. I am assuming he as the black bars on the side because it is using the monitor rez from his PC. Otherwise what is the point? To have the wrong aspect ratio and blurry graphix...hurray for nothing.
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    stm1185 , November 2, 2010 7:09 PM
    Playing without a Mouse is not playing at all. Its work!
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    juncture , November 2, 2010 7:12 PM
    In that video, the creators commented that they had 50-60ms. I do not know the details of that particular internet connection setup.
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    Hothr , November 2, 2010 7:46 PM
    Sounds similar to OnLive, which works well.
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    mavroxur , November 2, 2010 8:10 PM
    I wonder what latency is like though. Pressing a control or being behind the action with a half second delay or more would be annoying.
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    whysobluepandabear , November 2, 2010 8:18 PM
    There is no way in hell you could doing 25 mans with this.


    Once you play WoW with around 40 ms, you can NEVER go back. Everything will feel slower, delayed and just choppy.


    It's like going from Katy Perry to Amy Winehouse...you'll notice a pretty big damn difference.
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    wotan31 , November 2, 2010 8:31 PM
    Hard Lineyeah a router that doesn't lock up with heavy use.....like my cough wrt54g and dlink 4500 "gaming" router

    You're doing something wrong, or you have "dirty" power at your home. I have a dlink 4100 gaming router (same as 4500 but w/o wireless) and I powered it on in 2008. Have not rebooted it even once since then. It's been up for more than 2 years straight. I do heavy Bittorrent, WoW, and all kinds of stuff and never had a single issue. Before the Dlink 4100, I had a WRT54G. Same thing there, its uptime was measured in *years* and I never once had to reboot it.
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2010 8:51 PM
    Why dont you just run an HDMI cable to your TV? Because looping it through a network is novel in some way?
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    Hard Line , November 2, 2010 8:58 PM
    JsimonetWhy dont you just run an HDMI cable to your TV? Because looping it through a network is novel in some way?


    there are 5 pl in this house who heavily tax the routers. this router is known for lockups and random reboots... as for the wrt.. i have the older ver 3 which also is known for issues. (and is quite old)

    the main box where my movies are stored is too far fro hdmi cable to reach the cable comes in on opposite side of the house and had to run ethernet alongside coax to the other side to get to my pc.. wireless and gaming just didn't mix..
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    Haserath , November 2, 2010 9:07 PM
    wotan31You're doing something wrong, or you have "dirty" power at your home. I have a dlink 4100 gaming router (same as 4500 but w/o wireless) and I powered it on in 2008. Have not rebooted it even once since then. It's been up for more than 2 years straight. I do heavy Bittorrent, WoW, and all kinds of stuff and never had a single issue. Before the Dlink 4100, I had a WRT54G. Same thing there, its uptime was measured in *years* and I never once had to reboot it.

    I can say the same for my WRT54G, been going 6+ years strong without any trouble. My internet connection had been dropping, but I found out that the coax line for the ethernet wasn't recieving enough power. Fixed the issue and now everything is working perfectly.
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    alchemy69 , November 2, 2010 10:19 PM
    So it's running on the PC and sending the image to the TV. How is that cloud computing?
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