A game streaming platform on Arm and x86
Deliver advanced gaming experiences to any device
Cloud games for Android
With over three million apps, the Android operating system has the most extensive inventory of games with one of the largest existing ecosystems of developers. Running Android games in the cloud, and delivering them via streaming, levels the playing field for hardware. There is no need for the latest and greatest smartphones to be able to enjoy the most exciting gaming experiences. Rich graphical rendering becomes accessible even to low end smartphones. Game discovery becomes simple, with a Netflix-like experience. Gamers play on demand, on the go, with less battery drain than ever.
What does it take to realise this vision? As one can imagine, this would first and foremost require scalable virtualisation capabilities for Android in the cloud. Furthermore, virtualisation should occur in a way that supports hardware acceleration for high-quality and high-speed video encoding for streaming purposes. Finally, for commercial-grade deployments, manageability, reliability and security will be required. The key challenges are:
- High density for attractive unit economics
- Software automation for low cost operations
- Commercial-grade support for reliability
Anbox Cloud is engineered to address these challenges. The commercially supported platform builds on open source software to empower innovators to stream Android games at scale in the cloud.
A scalable infrastructure for game streaming
Games Arm and x86 servers
Anbox Cloud is hardware agnostic. Run Android games natively on ARM servers from Ampere in the cloud. Alternatively, take advantage of the newest generations of x86 processors from Intel or AMD.
Simultaneous sessions at scale
Simultaneous gaming sessions can run very densely on a single server with Anbox Cloud. This approach containerises Android fully, with the low overhead and the manageability of Linux containers.
Host on private and public clouds
Anbox Cloud enables you to deploy your gaming closer to your customers. Deploy in you a target region on your favorite cloud, or on your very own infrastructure at the edge.
Leverage GPUs and GPGPUs
Anbox Cloud leverages hardware acceleration rich graphical rendering, animations and effects. The platform also enables high-quality video encoding and streaming.
What’s under the hood
Anbox Cloud builds on a powerful stack of open-source software to deliver Android game streaming from the cloud.
Android in containers
Unlike Android emulators that make use of virtual machines, Anbox Cloud leverages system containers through LXD, the next generation system container manager. It offers a user experience similar to virtual machines but using lightweight Linux containers instead manageable via a REST API. It also exposes GPUs through a passthrough. You will therefore take advantage of any hardware accelerators to deliver rich mobile experiences.
Streaming Android apps to thousands of mobile and desktop clients simultaneously requires orchestration and monitoring of several software components. This involves streaming servers, image repositories, applications, a dashboard application for management and more. Thanks to Juju and MAAS, you can deploy your stack automatically anywhere.
Stream Android games
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