Monday, 11 June 2012

Adobe Released Flash Player 11.3 with Low Latency NetStream Audio and Full Screen Keyboard Input Support for All Keyboard Keys for Cloud Gaming

The latest Adobe Flash Player 11.3 features low latency audio support for streaming audio through NetStream. This feature reduces latency for high quality streaming audio playback. It addresses a very special use case of cloud gaming, where the game is rendered at a server and audio and video are streamed to the client.

This feature should come in handy for cloud gaming services like Gaikai and others that use the Adobe Flash Player. Gaikai CEO David Perry even expressed Gaikai's plans to offer full embed codes like with YouTube videos in the near future, so you can put a Gaikai window in any old blog or website, and shortlinks that you can tweet. With embedded buttons and scannable QR codes, Perry suggests, every single marketing material for a game (whether poster or email blast) could direct you to an instantly playable game demo.

OnLive on the other hand uses their custom OnLive App that is already optimized for the lowest possible latency. OnLive has now also launched One-Click In-Browser Cloud Gaming that uses Java. It remains to be seen if they will also embrace Flash in the wake of its cloud gaming enhancements, to make their One-Click In-Browser Cloud Games as easily embeddable as YouTube videos, if they will go with HTML5 which is gaining traction in mobile web browsers or they may even embrace both technologies.

Another new feature of the Adobe Flash Player 11.3 is full screen keyboard input support for all keyboard keys inside Flash Player. Users will see a permission dialog and can allow SWF content to receive keyboard input, or can hit "Esc" to exit the new mode. The API allows developers to determine if the App is in full screen mode, whether full keyboard input has been allowed by the user, and whether the App is able to request full screen mode, as determined by the HTML embed tag parameter. This feature should also come in handy for cloud gaming services as they require full screen keyboard input support for all keyboard keys.

You can grab the latest Adobe Flash Player to be ready for embeddable YouTube style cloud gaming services.

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