Tencent is building a cloud gaming platform in collaboration with Huawei
Cloud gaming services have become increasingly popular over the last year, with several major players like Nvidia, Google and Microsoft vying for a piece of the pie. While Nvidia was among the first big-name brands to enter the space with its GeForce NOW service, it was soon followed by Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud. Now, as per a recent report from Reuters, China’s Tencent is also prepping up to enter the cloud gaming space in partnership with Huawei.
As per the report, Tencent Holdings has already launched a co-innovation lab in collaboration with Huawei to develop the upcoming cloud gaming service. The service, which is currently being called GameMatrix, will utilize Huawei’s Kunpeng server processors and the two companies will also be exploring more avenues like artificial intelligence and augmented reality in games. For the unaware, Tencent is the world’s biggest gaming company with ownership of League of Legends developer Riot Games and a major stake in Epic Games. Therefore, we can expect big things from the company’s cloud gaming service whenever it’s made available to users.
As far as its competitors are concerned, Nvidia and Google make use of Intel hardware for their cloud gaming services. As per this Reddit post, Nvidia makes use of Intel’s Xeon E5-2697 CPU, coupled with Nvidia Tesla P40 GPUs. On the other hand, this report from ExtremeTech reveals that Google Stadia is also powered by Intel CPUs, however, we don’t have any information on the exact specifications of the hardware used by the service. Regardless, it would be great to see how Huawei’s hardware stacks up against Intel’s when Tencent’s GameMatrix service is made available to users worldwide. As of now, we have no information on the release timeline for the upcoming cloud gaming service.