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Microsoft DeLorean Kills Streaming Game Lag By Predicting Your Next Move

In a research paper published this week, the Microsoft Research team explained that DeLorean delivers a player’s most likely moves ahead of time, loading the video response in advance based on how previous players interact with the game. […] In testing with Doom 3 and Fable 3, DeLorean was able to mask a round-trip time of up to 250 milliseconds, a lag time that would usually make for an utterly unplayable game. Players weren’t able to discern a difference between local gameplay and the DeLorean-powered cloud system. There’s a drawback, though: DeLorean’s data-heavy setup can send nearly five times as much information than a simple real-time gaming stream. That kind of load would require a seriously beefy connection. – Robert Sorokanich,Gizmodo

Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

The Video Quality Report has been around for a few months, but the blue error bar that leads you there seems to be new. It comes off a lot like Netflix’s ISP-shaming slow-load messages, which appeared out of nowhere but have since disappeared amid lawsuits from ISPs. But YouTube’s take on stream-shaming actually offers you some actual data, whereas Netflix’s stunt basically consisted of the streaming site shrugging and saying “it’s not my fault, […] Google’s Video Quality Report tells you which providers consistently offer uninterrupted HD, SD, or crap-D streaming in your area. – Robert Sorokanich, Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1jd2qs0

This Could Be Our First Look at Mozilla’s Chromecast Competitor

Gigaom’s Janko Roettgers got an exclusive […] with the Firefox OS-powered streaming device, and it seems like Mozilla’s competitor offers many of the same capabilities as Chromecast and Roku. But unlike Chromecast, which restricts certain types of content and is only open to Android, iOS, and web app developers, Mozilla’s system would assumedly be completely open to developers’ whims. That means Mozilla’s device could offer casting capabilities to Windows Phones and Amazon Fire Phones. And it could offer hardware and software integration that’s only limited by a hobbyist’s imagination. – Robert Sorokanich, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/WJS5SJk