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New Streaming Technology Lets You Play While You Download

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2008 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT

BitRaider launched its new intelligent streaming technology at the Austin Game Developer Conference that lets players begin playing games when only 10% of the installation is complete.

This revolutionary technology promises to change the rules of digital distribution by letting players begin playing games when only ten percent of the installation is complete. Even more important, the player experience continues without noticeable interruption of play or reduced computing performance of the PC by the streaming of the game content in the background.

"As gamers ourselves we understand that just starting to play quickly isn't the only challenge. We want the experience to be the same as if it were already pre-installed without any hit in performance. For gamers, they just want to play, they really do not want to be involved with how the download is being performed." said Royal O'Brien, Founder and CEO of BitRaider. "Building a technology that is virtually invisible, yet delivers a quality play experience, is what changes the entire download distribution game."

Whether it’s a MMO, FPS, or casual game, the BitRaider technology intuitively knows how to stream and dynamically adapt to the needed assets ahead of the game play. The technology leverages today's multiprocessor / multicore systems by adaptive multithreading and tapping into the systems unused processing power.

"I believe this technology will create a sea change in the digital distribution of games and massively affect the economics of gaming entertainment," said Jay Moore, BitRaider's Director of Business Development and Founder of The Strategery Group. "I see a very wide variety of exciting new ventures, and I joined this one in a capacity beyond my normal advisory board role because I believe BitRaider will truly change the course of gaming.”

BitRaider technology works without any integration and automatically performs all of the mundane steps of installation by packaging ready to play final game files. BitRaider utilizes a small loader program that locates the needed streaming assets, installs the package, and runs the BitRaider profiled file for the player. It has been tested to work without conflict with all major DRM and virus protection software.

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