Smartphone manufacturer HTC has made two strategic investments that could pave the way for mobile-based cloud gaming.
The Taiwanese phone manufacturer has purchased a $40 million stake in OnLive, and has also wholly acquired London-based Saffron Digital.
OnLive’s business is built on the premise of streaming high-end gameplay, via servers, to any device of modest video specs. Saffron Digital, meanwhile, specialises in the efficient delivery of multimedia content to mobiles.
The two investments could, in theory, open the path for mobile-based cloud gaming. That supposition is not new; rival cloud gaming firm Gaikai is investigating, and in some cases demonstrating, how cloud gaming can work on portable devices such as iPhone and iPad.
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