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Vectordash looking to provide cloud gaming infrastructure through cryptomining GPUs

Vectordash aims to bring smooth gameplay for systems that do not integrate a gaming GPU by tapping the power of unused cryptomining GPU rigs. (Source: ebay)
Vectordash aims to bring smooth gameplay for systems that do not integrate a gaming GPU by tapping the power of unused cryptomining GPU rigs. (Source: ebay)
The game streaming infrastructure envisioned by Vectordash puts GPU-based cryptomining rigs to good use in order to bring a smooth gaming experience for computers that do not integrate dedicated gaming GPUs. The service will first be available only on the West Coast, but there are plans to expand support for the East Coast.

Many cryptominers rushed to sell their GPUs when the market crashed in early 2018, but there still are GPU rigs that are patiently waiting for new projects to hype up the prices again and make GPU-based cryptomining great again. One such projects could be Vectordash, a new Y Combinator funded game streaming service that offers to pay GPU mining rig owners on a monthly basis, as they rent out the processing power to shape up the cloud infrastructure.

Depending on the number of GPUs, those who rent out their processing power can expect anywhere between US$65-105 per month. The Vectordash service itself will be priced at US$28/month and it is designed to provide smooth gameplay for systems that do not integrate gaming GPUs, like ultrabooks and Apple MacBooks. There is one limitation, however, since the service will only be available for the San Francisco Bay Area at launch, with a maximum latency of 20-30 ms, but there are plans to expand support for the East Coast, as well.

Co-founder Sharif Shameem stated that Vectordash users will be able to get “terabytes of games without having to install them on local storage.” The idea is to allow users to achieve at least 60 fps in up to 4K resolutions for the majority of the popular games, and Shameem demonstrated this on a 13-inch MacBook Pro that ran Apex Legends at more than 100 fps in 2560 x 1600 Retina resolution.

This type of business model may prove to be a boon for GPU miners, yet it strictly depends on how the crypto market evolves, as there are signs of an imminent resurgence for the major cryptocoins.

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An early look at the Vectordash interface (Source: TechCrunch)
An early look at the Vectordash interface (Source: TechCrunch)
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-03-19 (Update: 2019-03-20)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.