How Does Parsec Calculate The Price And Charges On My Cloud PC?

We believe that the world is moving from an ownership model to an access model of computers. We're aiming to give you flexibility and choice when building your first cloud gaming PC. Your options can be found in the Parsec Cloud Gaming PC Marketplace.  As of today, Parsec allows you to start a server on Amazon AWS and Paperspace.  More options will be available in the future. Each provider has their own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, some will cost more but will have better GPUs, lower latency to you, more bandwidth, or better RAM and CPUs. Since our goal is to simply provide the best streaming software, we pass the cost of these servers directly to our customers without any markup to allow customers to get started quickly and easily. 

BUILDING YOUR COMPUTER


When you land in the Parsec Marketplace, you have a few choices for the type of computer to build, the GPU, the location, and the storage option.

When you choose the GPU-type, make sure you choose the region you want to host the computer in. Prices for Amazon computers change based on your region.

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After choosing your location, you're given storage options. You need to choose enough storage for your games + Windows. Windows requires 30GB on its own. The storage is an estimated cost per month. The storage, however, is always charged daily. If you run out of money in your Parsec account, your storage is deleted and your data is lost.

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Following that, if you don't have enough money in your account, you'll need to add money to your account through your credit card. We accept major credit cards via our payment processor (Stripe).

In the case below, I already have a pretty high balance in my account (it's good to work for Parsec), but I'm going to add another $20.

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After choosing the number of dollars to deposit and adding that to your current balance, Parsec estimates how many hours of gaming you'll have if you hold your storage for 1 month, 2 months, or 3 months. This can help you understand what you're getting when you buy a cloud gaming PC. There are some other charges that we cannot estimate with Amazon machines (bandwidth usage), but that's detailed a bit more below.

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AMAZON AWS (G2.2xLarge and G3.4xLarge)


Overview:

Amazon AWS is a world class hosting provider that offers hosting from many locations around the globe. Their global reach and PoP infrastructure gives them an advantage on latency in many cases. We currently offer two tiers of GPU servers from Amazon - the g2.2xlarge and g3.4xlarge servers. Each of these servers offers more than enough for most games but the g3.4xlarge servers offers a newer and more powerful Nvidia Tesla M60 GPU. The pricing for AWS servers depends on the location the server will be running in and other factors. Check the current prices on Amazon AWS’s pricing page. Each server comes with your selected storage amount, which costs approximately $0.33/day/100 GB. This cost is per concurrent server. They do meter bandwidth usage so there will be additional bandwidth costs. The server will typically take 2 - 3 minutes to start after you click the build or start button.

Please note, AWS charges for one hour of usage whether you use 1 minute or 60 minutes of that server during the hour. Every time you start your server, you're charged a minimum of 1 hour. Please don't start and stop your server multiple times. This will force us to charge you a full hour every time.

Tiers:

Tier GPU VRAM CPU RAM

Storage/

Cost

Bandwidth/

Cost

Locations
g2.2xLarge
($0.77/hr - $1.16/hr)
  4GB 8 Cores 15GB 100Gb
($0.33/day)
$0.09/GB - $0.18/GB Northern Virginia
Japan
Singapore
Australia
Oregon
Northern California
Germany
Ireland
g.3.4xLarge
($1.88/hr - $2.27/hr)
Tesla M60 8GB 16 Cores 122Gb 100Gb
($0.33/day)
$0.09/GB - $0.18/GB Northern Virginia
Ohio
Oregon
Northern California
Ireland

Notes:

  • Charges by the hour in advance.  If you use 1 hr and 1 min then you are charged for 2 hrs.
  • Each time the server is started 1 hour of time is allocated and charged. 
  • You have to pay for your bandwidth usage, which is difficult to predict because your settings and gameplay vary, but expect something like 2-3 GB of outbound bandwidth per hour. 

 

Example Scenarios:

  • Scenario 1 - You build a g2.2xlarge gaming PC in the cloud, play for 35 minutes, have a 10 minute shut down policy, come back 5 days later, play for 45 minutes, and delete your cloud gaming PC.
    • 35 minutes of playing + 10 minutes of idle time - This will cost about $0.76 based on your region + approximately $0.12 for bandwidth.
    • 5 days of storage for 100 GB - Storage is $10/month. For 5 days of storage, this will cost $1.67.
    • 45 minutes of playing - This will cost about $0.76 based on your region + approximately $0.15 for bandwidth.
    • Delete your cloud gaming PC.
    • Total cost for 1.33 hours of gaming in the cloud will be $3.46.
  • Scenario 2 - You build a g2.2xlarge gaming PC, play 1 hour and 15 minutes 3 times a week for 2 months and then delete your cloud gaming computer.
    • 1 hour and 15 minutes of game play - This will cost approximately $1.52 based on your region + about $0.23 for bandwidth. If you play 3 times a week for two months, this is about $45.37 (1.75 per day * 3 days * 4.33 weeks per month * 2 months).
    • Storage will cost $20 for two months of saved data for a 100 GB hard drive.
    • Total cost of two months of gaming for about 32 hours in the cloud will be $65.37.

Paperspace (P4000 and P5000)


Overview:

Paperspace provides dedicated GPU servers from their New York and Northern California locations. They offer very competitive hardware and pricing combination compared to AWS. Paperspace currently offer two tiers of dedicated GPUs, which are both based on new architectures and have CPUs with 8 cores. The GPU+ has an Nvidia Quadro M4000 for $0.51/hr, and the P5000 has an Nvidia Quadro P5000 for $0.78/hr. You can choose your storage, but for this example, we'll assume you chose 500 GB for $0.83/day. This cost is deducted from your account balance at the end of each day that the server exists. This cost is per concurrent server. They do not meter the bandwidth so there are no additional bandwidth costs.  The server will typically take about 15 minutes to start on first launch and 2 - 5 minutes on subsequent launches. The machine comes with an IP address that costs an additional $0.04/hour.

Tiers:

Tier

GPU

VRAM

CPU

RAM

Storage/

Cost

Bandwidth/

Cost

Locations

GPU+ 

($0.51/hr)

Nvidia Quadro M4000

8GB

8 Cores

30GB

500GB ($0.83/day)

Unmetered

New York

Northern California

P4000

($0.51/hr)

Nvidia Quadro P4000

8GB

8 Cores

30GB

500GB

($0.83/day)

Unmetered

Amsterdam

P5000

($0.78/hr)

Nvidia Quadro P5000

16GB

8 Cores

30GB

500GB ($0.83/day)

Unmetered

New York

Northern California

Amsterdam

Notes:

  • Does not offer as many locations as other providers.
  • Download bandwidth may be less than other providers.

 

Example Scenarios:

  • Scenario 1 - You build a P4000 gaming PC in the cloud, play for 35 minutes, have a 10 minute shut down policy, come back 5 days later, play for 45 minutes, and delete your cloud gaming PC.
    • 35 minutes of playing + 10 minutes of idle time - This will cost $0.42 because Paperspace charges per minute rather than per hour.
    • Paperspace also charges $0.04/hour for an IP address.
    • 5 days of storage for 500 GB - Storage is $25/month. For 5 days of storage, this will cost $4.17.
    • 45 minutes of playing - This will cost $0.42.
    • Delete your cloud gaming PC.
    • Total cost for 1.33 hours of gaming in the cloud will be $4.85.
  • Scenario 2 - You build a P5000 server, play 1 hour and 15 minutes 3 times a week for 2 months and then delete your cloud gaming computer.
    • 1 hour and 15 minutes of game play - This will cost $1.03. If you play 3 times a week for two months, this is about $26.78 (1.16 per day * 3 days * 4.33 weeks per month * 2 months).
    • Storage will cost $50 for two months of saved data for a 500 GB hard drive.
    • Total cost of two months of gaming for about 32 hours in the cloud will be $76.78.