5 essentials for gaming with IoT

Highly enhanced and deeply immersive experiences are available for gamers through IoT-ready devices. This checklist of essentials ensures gamers get the most from the possibilities
The Internet of Things (IoT) has hailed a new area of gaming. Gamers are always looking for ways to enhance their consoles and PCs to improve their experience and the IoT provides a vast array of opportunities on this front.

Examples of the fusion between gaming and the IoT include Virtual Reality (VR) gaming, with connected headset providing a 360-degree fully immersive gaming experience. Motion gaming has also proved hugely popular, with IoT devices detecting gamer’s every movement as a virtual character acts follows suit.

No gamer wants to be left behind as these, and other IoT developments, come to market. So, what are the must-have aspects to get the most from gaming using the latest IoT offerings?

High storage performance
To unlock many of the benefits of gaming with IoT, having the most comprehensive storage performance is vital, as has long been the case for gamers. Storage impacts not just the ability to play and save games, but also the performance of the games themselves. When trying to unlock the enhanced experience of the IoT, gamers must ensure they have strong storage space and performance.

An ideal product offering for gamers is the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, which is designed for the most storage-demanding workloads in systems, delivering high random read/write performance. It provides random storage performance of up to 550K/500K IOPs (4K random reads/writes), ideal for gaming with the IoT.

Critical to delivering the new levels of performance that the IoT provides is the ability to deliver the endurance to match. The need to have the ability to read and write data to the storage device with higher rates of speed comes at the risk of reaching the endurance limits of legacy technology in a much shorter amount of time.

As such, gamers need to ensure their storage is not only expansive, but also durable. To support these performance attributes, the Intel Optane SSD 900P was designed with endurance at its core, allowing gamers with the most demanding storage workloads to realise years of performance without the need for frequent drive replacements. Its lifetime endurance offers 10 Drive Writes per Day (DWPD).

The lifeblood of the visual impact of gaming is graphics quality. When gamers are trying to utilise the enhanced functionality that the IoT brings to gaming, the graphics performance needs to progress with it.

Intel has partnered with Raptr to optimise a PC graphics settings for the highest performance graphics possible. This is even the case with an older PC.

Many PC gamers do not adjust the graphics settings in the games they play. This means that a PC might be able to dial-up the frame rate with more details, or even play games they did not think was possible. With one click, Raptr performs a scan and compares the game’s performance to tens of millions of other gamers’ PCs and then applies the best settings for that user’s system.

Low latency
Ensuring there are no noticeable delays between an input being processed and the corresponding output is important in all gaming. However, this cornerstone of gaming is likely to be highlighted further by IoT. For example, any motion-related IoT gaming will feel especially clunky if there are delays between the gamer’s movements and their character.

The Optane SSD 900P is also optimised for low latency. Gamers can take advantage of the features of the Intel Optane SSD 900P to enable faster game loads, with richer features, and smoother gameplay.

Working the core
Finally, the overall performance of the machine used for gaming must be utilised. This is where Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology comes into its own. It analyses a processor’s cores and assigns the right core to the most challenging computing tasks during gaming.

This offers the highest performance when gamers need it and ensures they get the most from their PC, and the game they are playing.

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