Parsec is a cloud gaming service particularly catered towards multiplayer. Parsec users rent gaming PCs from among various providers in Parsec’s Cloud Gaming Marketplace, including Amazon Web Services and Paperspace. With their rental PC, users install their own applications (such as Steam), and play their games via the Parsec application. Additionally, the Parsec interface is tailored for hosting and finding multiplayer games with friends or strangers. Anyone can download Parsec and jump into publicly hosted games at the expense of the host.
Parsec itself is offered as a free service by the founders. They do, however, offer a benefits package to generate revenue, similar to how Discord is financially structured. Users can join Parsec’s Warp program to “receive exclusive themes, badges, early access to upcoming features, and a lot more. ” Find out more about Warp here.
Our goal is to keep all features that are core to the streaming experience free forever. We are all about performance and providing the best streaming experience possible with current technologies. It would be disingenuous of us to charge for that performance – every one deserves the best game streaming experience.Parsec Founders
- Rent a Gaming PC + Storage Space From Amazon Web Services or Paperspace
- Rental price is by the hour beginning at about $0.50.
- Users also need to pay a flat monthly fee for storage, beginning (in my experience) at $7.
- Read more about the pricing here.