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AMD Announces Graphics Cards Designed For Cloud Gaming

by Ben Reeves on Mar 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM

During a press conference at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, graphics card developer AMD reiterated its commitment to the gaming market and then announced the Sky Series line of graphics cards specifically designed to play games off the cloud.

AMD actually announced three different cards: the Sky 900, Sky 700, and Sky 500. The Sky 900 boasts 6GB of GDDR5 memory and a memory bandwidth of 480GB per second. AMD also announced a partnership with streaming companies such as CiiNow, Otoy, and G-cluster Global who are working to take advantage of AMD’s teach and stream high-end games to players using mobile devices and laptops that couldn’t otherwise run games like Tomb Raider and Crysis 3.

These chips are designed to help keep interface latency low, but we’re eager to get our hands on the cards and try them out for ourselves, because latency has been the biggest problem with cloud gaming to date. We hope that might soon be changing.