Cloud gaming: Are game streaming services bad for the planet?

By David Molloy
Technology reporter

Publishedduration28 Augustimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionGoogle and Microsoft are offering cloud gaming services

Microsoft is poised to launch its game streaming service, delivering high-end titles direct to phones – and Google already offers an equivalent service.

Cloud gaming promises top-tier graphics and performance without the expensive hardware – with no more massive updates or downloads.

But some studies suggests it could be more damaging to the planet.

One recent study from Lancaster University estimated that if gamers moved to streaming over the next decade, carbon emissions could rise by 30%.

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