Introducing LiquidSky: the "free" high-performance gaming PC

The LiquidSky PC gaming client running on a television screen. The LiquidSky PC gaming client running on a television screen. LIQUIDSKY

LiquidSky wants to give you a free high-performance gaming computer.

Well, technically it's not exactly free.  It's part of the company's "Gaming as a Service" model in which LiquidSky says its solved what it believes to be the largest hurdles previous cloud-gaming platforms faced: high latency, high cost, limited scalability, and a finite catalog of supported games.

At CES 2017, LiquidSky announced a number of new services, products, and significant enhancements to their currently-in-beta platform that makes it possible to play any PC title on Android, Mac, Linux, and low-spec Windows devices.  Most notable of the announcements is the company's plan for a new free-to-play model that effectively introduces high-end PC gaming at no cost to gamers worldwide beginning in March 2017.  LiquidSky says this will be made possible by the new ad-supported system the company will be employing.

“From the beginning, LiquidSky has committed itself to changing the gaming status quo,” said Ian McLoughlin, LiquidSky’s co-founder and CEO.  “By delivering the power of an ultra gaming PC to nearly any device for free, with the convenience and simplicity of consoles, we’ve made gaming more accessible than ever.  Gamers across the world can finally enjoy experiences previously unavailable to them at home or on-the-go through the power of LiquidSky.”

LiquidSky's new ad-supported Free Plan will join the current premium Pay-As-You-Go and Monthly Payment plans.  Those who decide to pony up a few bucks for the service will see added performance with specs like 8GB of GPU vRAM, 32GB of RAM, and 12 vCPU Cores.  Furthermore, through LiquidSky's hardware gamers will still have access to their game libraries on any of their digital storefronts of choice – Steam, BattleNet, Uplay, Origin, GoG, etc. — as well as the LiquidSky community chat and community Twitch streams.

"Developers and publishers will also benefit from LiquidSky, as their legitimately purchased games can now be enjoyed securely by significantly more gamers, including those that previously couldn’t afford the hardware required to enjoy full-performance PC games on optimum settings,“ comments Jason Kirby, LiquidSky’s Chief Marketing Officer.

LiquidSky's services are currently in beta.  Interested gamers can sign up to take part in the beta by visiting https://liquidsky.tv/.

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