Managed networking services

We refer to our managed networking services as SpatialOS.

If you use our managed networking services, you must also use our managed hosting and orchestration. You must use the same infrastructure for your networking services as your hosting servers. For example, if your game instance (deployment) is hosted on public cloud, then your networking instance must also be on public cloud. In practice, we make sure they’re in the same data centre to minimize latency.

Currently, you can use only public cloud for networking. We plan to support managed networking for deployments that are hosted on bare metal infrastructure in 2021.

When you use our managed networking services, you have networking service instances that run alongside your game servers. The networking service instances operate the SpatialOS Runtime, and in most cases they can operate multiple SpatialOS Runtime instances.

There is one Runtime instance for every deployment (running instance of your game). Larger networking service instances can support larger and/or more Runtime instances. We can help you decide how many networking service instances you need, and how many Runtime instances you should run on each of them.

Currently, you can run only one Runtime instance per networking service instance. We plan to support bin packing of multiple Runtime instances per networking service instance in 2021.

There are different types of networking service instance, and each type can support a maximum number of concurrently connected game clients. Larger types can support more concurrently connected game clients (see the pricing table).

Free tier

Everyone who signs up for SpatialOS is automatically enrolled in the free tier. It doesn’t require any commitment, and you don’t need to enter payment details. The free tier is ideal for starting development, prototyping a game, conducting technical evaluation, or just learning how to use SpatialOS.

The free tier provides access to a single deployment, hosted in the EU or the US. You can run this deployment for as long as you want. If you need to run a second deployment concurrently, you must use the paid tier.

With the free tier, you can:

  • run one cloud-based deployment at any time, hosted in the EU or US on GCP
  • use one of the following networking service types for your free deployment:
    • r0500
    • r1000
    • action1g1
  • use one of the following cloud hosting nodes for your free deployment:
    • n1-standard-1
    • n1-standard-2
    • n1-standard-4
    • n2-standard-2
    • n2-standard-4
    • c2-standard-4
  • run one simulated player deployment in addition to a game deployment, if you’re using our GDK for Unreal or Unity

The free tier also includes:

  • 40GB of standard persistent disk for the duration of your free deployment
  • 1GB of egress per hour for the duration of your free deployment
  • free download and use of our GDKs and SDKs
  • unlimited use of SpatialOS on your local machine
  • free support via our forums and our Discord channels

Paid tier

Networking service pricing

Currently you can use managed networking only with deployments that are hosted in the cloud. We plan to support managed networking for deployments that are hosted on bare metal infrastructure in 2021. Networking service pricing is the same regardless of whether you host your associated game servers on cloud infrastructure or bare metal infrastructure.

Networking service type Compatibility Maximum game client connections at any time* Price per networking service instance (USD per hour)
r0500 GDK for Unity
Worker SDK
100 0.16
r1000 300 0.29
r2000 400 0.57
action1g1 GDK for Unreal 200 0.14

*These numbers are an upper indication, and we don’t guarantee that your game will be able to reach these numbers. The number of game clients that a networking service instance can support depends on the complexity of your game (for example fidelity and the number of processes that are running) and its level of optimization. These networking service types are available in the EU and the US today.

Simulated players

If you’re using the GDK for Unreal or Unity, you can scale-test your game using simulated players. A simulated player is a game client that is controlled by simulated player logic as opposed to real player input. Simulated players run in a separate deployment from your game deployment, and connect to your game deployment in the same way that a player does.

When you run a simulated player deployment, the GDKs handle the configuration settings for you. Read more about simulated players in the GDK documentation for Unreal and Unity.

A simulated player deployment has a template that defines the cloud resources that are required to run the simulated players. These simulated player templates have the following specification and prices:

Cloud provider

Simulated player template specification
Price per simulated player template
US (GCP, USD per hour) EU (GCP, USD per hour) CN (Tencent, CNY per hour)
GCP 2 x (n1-standard-8 machines, with 8 vCPUs and 30GB RAM), 40GB disk 0.8102 0.8718 N/A
Tencent cloud S5.4XLARGE64 (16 vCPU, 64GB RAM), 50GB disk N/A 4.6199

Currently, simulated player deployments can run only in the cloud, and can connect only to cloud-hosted deployments.

Local development

Local development is free.


Prices are exclusive of local taxes and transaction charges, and are subject to change upon at least 30 days' written notice being given to existing users.

2020-06-22 Page added with editorial review.

Updated about a month ago

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