It's to cloud gaming latency what a warp drive is to the cosmic speed limit — a workaround
If you aren’t sold on cloud gaming, we don’t blame you. We aren’t either. Despite all its inherent promise, cloud gaming continues to be held back by the high latency generally associated with wide area networks — not to mention the ridiculously fast internet speeds and plenty of spare bandwidth that are the other desiderata for a quality cloud gaming experience. But what if you wanted to enable a better cloud gaming experience but didn’t know of a way to directly lower latency? How about masking it?
AMD promises a significant reduction in latency in titles like Skyrim and Tomb Raider.
A new driver package is available for AMD Radeon, Mobility Radeon, and PowerXpress GPUs. It's AMD's Catalyst 13.4 update and it's supposed to "significantly" improve latency performance in Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, Tomb Raider, and Hitman Absolution, according to the release notes. it also offers performance gains in several titles across the entire range of Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards.
A few months back, Loyd Case answered the popular question, “Which Video Card Should I Buy?” Needless to say, his story caused a considerable lull in video card related questions from our readers, letting a new topic take the lead: RAM. How much do you need? How fast should it be? Are latencies important? Today, we’ll be covering everything you need to know to get the right RAM for your system.
One of the tougher parts of putting together a build comes down to the RAM, and it's not because there's a shortage of sticks out there. On the contrary, you could waste a lunch break wading through all the options, and you can now add one more to the list. Super Talent this week announced new dual and triple channel kits rated at 2000MHz.
According to Super Talent, these sticks "can be configured to run with extremely low latency" settings, the result of using the latest high density 2Gb (gigabit) ICs.
"The industry looks to Super Talent for fast, reliable memory, overclocked modules. We are proud to demonstrate our continued leadership in the overclocking space by offering these new low latency, large capacity 4GB memory kits running at 2000MHz."
The new kits come in 4GB (dual and triple channel), 8GB (dual channel), and 12GB (triple channel) configurations, each one rated at 9-10-9-28 with a 1.65V operating voltage. Each kit also comes equipped with Super Talent's Chrome Series heatsinks.
Microsoft's Project Natal looks to make air guitar a bona fide gaming skill, as well as all kinds of gestures applicable to a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience." But before Natal can get to that point, developers have to resolve a potentially crippling issue with latency, says news and rumor site Fudzilla.
Citing sources who "wish to remain nameless," Fudzilla says Natal's sensor-based control scheme could suffer from lag as much as .08 seconds to .12 seconds, most often hovering around .10 seconds. That might not sound like much, but it's enough to create tracking problems for fast paced titles.
Keep in mind that Natal hasn't shipped yet so there's still plenty of time to iron this and any other bugs out. Playing the part of Pessimistic Patty, Fudzilla says even while development continues, "it is doubtful that [the lag issue] will be able to totally be eliminated." Our take? We'll reserve judgment until the thing actually ships.