AMD Showcases Radeon Sky Cloud Gaming in Action at Gamescon

AMD and CiiNow Demonstrate Cloud Gaming Technologies Using Radeon Sky

by Anton Shilov
08/22/2013 | 11:14 PM

Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday that it again teamed up with CiiNow company to showcase the cloud gaming technologies at Gamescon trade-show in Germany this weekend. Earlier this year gamers could enjoy Deus Ex Human Revolution on a low-cost/low-power notebook and Far Cry 3 on a tablet thanks to AMD Radeon Sky 700 as well as CiiNow Cumulus game streaming technology.

 

At Gamescom 2013, AMD will showcase AMD Radeon Sky graphics powering games streamed by CiiNow, including the latest game titles. AMD is collaborating with CiiNow, G-Cluster Global and Otoy cloud gaming service providers to bring to market exceptional cloud gaming experiences for occasional and advanced gamers alike. The company did not disclose which games it plans to demonstrate at Gamescon.

“AMD and CiiNow are making gaming in the cloud a disruptive and visually compelling experience. Together, we enable instant, amazing gaming experiences on a wide variety of clients for game enthusiasts,” said Ron Haberman, chief executive officer of CiiNow.

Earlier this year AMD introduced three Radeon Sky graphics cards: model 900 with two Tahiti Pro (Radeon HD 7950) graphics processors, model 700 with one Tahiti Pro chip and the model 500 utilizing Pitcairn XT (Radeon HD 7870) graphics processing unit. Each AMD Radeon Sky-series are capable of supporting up to six HD game streams at once (tested on single-chip Radeon Sky 700, potentially, the model 900 should be more capable) and are designed to support a wide range of servers systems.

Besides graphics processors based on GCN [graphics core next] architecture, the Radeon Sky graphics boards for cloud gaming datacenters are also powered by yet unknown RapidFire technology. AMD RapidFire technology is a combination of hardware and software that enables cloud gaming partners to benefit from an open API that simplifies the manipulation of key hardware controls to provide HD visual quality, minimal latency and optimal network bandwidth resulting in a compelling and responsive gaming experience from any device over the internet. In line with AMD’s commitment to industry standard APIs, like OpenCL, DirectX and OpenGL, an industry standard API for cloud gaming can help to align the industry around one platform and drive continued innovations that benefit the industry at large.

With AMD RapidFire technology, AMD is also building in support for direct access to AMD Radeon Sky GPUs from virtual machines created by leading hypervisors including VMware ESX/ESXi and Citrix XenServer, providing greater density and more simultaneous game streams from a single server.