Within a minute of logging into my balloon annual at games-on-demand account The Happy Billow I was arena the abounding PC adaptation of LEGO Batman. “Instant gratification” is a byword the aggregation brand to bung about, and it absolutely fits the bill.
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“Happy Billow brings gamers burning gratification,” says Eric Gastfriend, Vice President and General Manager of Happy Cloud. “We’re giving AAA first-person shooters the seamless accessibility of a Flash game-no cat-and-mouse brief and no installation. Try-before-you-buy is assuredly a reality. That’s activity to accessible up absolute gaming to a accomplished new audience.”
This isn’t the array of alive video bold technology offered by Onlive, in which the bold plays on a abstracted server and the video is streamed through your PC adviser or television. By the time a Happy Billow bold finishes downloading to a PC the amateur has a abounding install of the bold on their adamantine drive, playable with or after an internet connection. The key to Happy Cloud’s technology lies in the way the amateur are packaged afore a amateur begins downloading.
Each bold accessible for acquirement through The Happy Billow is already pre-installed and pre-packaged on a virtualised book arrangement on the network. Rather than appointment the bureaucracy files for LEGO Batman, the account is carrying a absolutely installed archetype to my adamantine drive, with all the appropriate files in all the appropriate places.
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That differences agency that already my computer has the bald minimum files bare to barrage a game, I’m accessible to play. LEGO Batman took beneath a minute. LEGO Harry Potter, a abundant beyond game, took about two minutes. Already the bold launches, files are downloaded in the accomplishments as I play. Eventually I’ll acquire the accomplished thing, and I won’t accept to affix to The Happy Billow until I’m accessible to acquirement and comedy article else.
“This is accurate billow computing; the bold is virtualised and pre-installed in the cloud,” says Jacob Guedalia, who co-founded the aggregation with his brother David. “By enabling a billow accretion belvedere for games, Happy Billow will supercharge agenda administration for the gaming industry.”
I’ve apparent technology like this before. Another games-on-demand service, GameTap, acclimated article agnate to bear its alive titles. It wasn’t absolutely this fast, but the alternative was additionally abundant better.
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As it stands, The Happy Billow currently hosts alone four titles: LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Batman, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Mount & Blade: Warband. That’s four amateur from three publishers, admitting the aggregation says abounding added publishers are in the pipeline.
The Happy Billow is activity to charge those publishers to survive the PC market. With Steam alms bags of amateur and almost fast download speeds (LEGO Batman alone takes a half-hour to install from Valve’s account as it stands), I’m not abiding artlessly accepting bodies arena faster is activity to cut it.
Later this year The Happy Billow affairs to cycle out animate versions of the service. If they can bear the aforementioned array of acceleration in a animate ambiance with a able-bodied alternative of games, again conceivably that’s area its best adventitious of success lies.
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The Happy Billow is currently in beta testing. To appeal an allurement to the beta, appointment the webpage.