In view of the circuit breaker or mini lockdown experienced locally or in many countries, Netflix, YouTube, Google Chromecast and etc are experiencing server overload due to high usage on online streaming.
However, in Singapore, things are alright here as our telecom infrastructure is pretty robust here. Other than watching movies and videos, others are going full time into gaming. Prices for consoles like Nintendo Switch, Playstation and etc have spiked by quite abit recently. Therefore, we are recommending you a few options to game without a console. Click "Read More" to learn more.
Putting aside old and chunky gaming consoles, cloud gaming is the way to go in future. Although very close to consoles in terms of performance, cloud gaming still suffers from input lag and streaming issues and mainly cater to casual users for now. As players can play games on their TV without a console.
There are a few options for cloud gaming like Google Stadia and GeForce now. With Google Stadia, it is only $130 for the controller and a Chromecast Ultra. GeForce now is even cheaper as it can run on your computer as long as the wifi connection is speedy enough.
A few years ago, cloud gaming was simply a dream as hopeful and casual gamers either need to buy a console to play or play on their tiny mobile screen. Now, cloud gaming is the best way to play console or even PC games without owning dedicated hardware. Latency is still an issue, and it likely will be for a few years but at least we are now on track.
The simplest way to play games now without a console is on your phone. From Call of Duty Mobile to Hearthstone to Fortnite, there is an increasing number of high-quality, online games available for mobile devices. They look pretty great, too, especially if you have a phone with a high refresh rate like the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Touch controls aren’t the best when playing online, though. Even with the push toward bezel-less displays on mobile devices, too much screen real estate is eaten out by your thumbs when using touch controls. You can solve by getting external controllers like Xbox Controller.
Android is definitely the more popular platform for mobile gaming. Although iOS has a great selection of games, the support for controllers on Android devices is much wider.
Regardless of console, cloud or mobile gaming, all 3 options offers casual gamers to professional gamers a good chance to enjoy gaming at home, without going out in times like this.