by Playkey

Application used for video card and information

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Playkey

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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Playkey is a paid service client that allows you to play demanding games even on the weakest hardware, as well as on some tablets and TVs with the Smart TV function. Its concept is that the game is run on a remote server, and the user receives a streaming image. For games on Playkey it will be enough to have a computer configuration, which will play video in 720p resolution without delays. You will also need a 5-10 Mbps network connection to transmit the stream (depending on your region and the distance from the server). As a matter of fact, you kind of rent server capacity from developers, paying a monthly subscription. Also, the administration of the service takes care of all operations on the "service" of the games (installation of new drivers, updates, etc.). The player only needs to press the "Play" button and wait a few seconds for the client to connect to the server. Playkey stores game save in the "cloud".

With this service, you can play games on your weak PCs, low-performance netbooks, and even on Mac OS devices (requires a separate client for this operating system). Using the Playkey client is extremely easy. To begin with, you will need to install it on your computer, create an account on the official website and pay for the subscription, and then choose the necessary game and confirm the launch of the external application. Before subscribing, you can try a few free games. After its purchase, you will be able to access a fairly extensive catalog with a fairly high-quality games, among which there are even a few AAA-projects that were published relatively recently. The catalogue of games on a subscription constantly extends. We can say that the games from it will be enough for those players who "do not chase" for novelties. Those who are used to playing all new games will be available to the store, where the keys to the latest games will need to be purchased separately. The service also accepts license keys, which were purchased in third-party stores, received in promotions or "extracted" by other legal means.

Among the unpleasant moments of the service it should be noted that it broadcasts video at 1280×720 resolution and 30 frames per second (the picture is comparable to that of the old generation of consoles). Also at this stage of service development there is a slight delay between keyboard/mouse input and screen action.

- is a cloud-based gaming service that allows you to play demanding projects on weaker PCs;

- launches the game on a remote server, streaming video to the player's screen;

- offers a library with quite a quality games available free of charge after purchasing a subscription;

- allows you to buy new games in the internal store for a fee;

- is extremely easy to use;

- transmits a "picture" in 720p resolution with 30 FPS.

So I read about the software/product and I really like the concept of being able to play games on a slower console or other devices. My fear is that the fps would drop down pretty low or even be unusable at times if I were playing an competitive MMO and there was lag between the server and my PC itself. It mentions quality being an issue but I'm not a huge FPS nerd I think it'd still be good enough for most people who don't get to play games they really want to on PC due to having an older one. Or who want to play high octane games on a tablet or something. So overall as a gamer I'd be excited about this product, but leery of possible bugs and server lag.
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