Gaikai: Cloud Gaming in Your Browser

Browser-based gaming service Gaikai has launched. They join OnLive in the cloud gaming arena.

As a brief RPS article notes, Gaikai seems to be aimed mainly at developers for now. But there are a few games available to play, including Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, and The Sims 3.

There’s a bit more info here. Among other things, the articles notes that “At GDC this week, a demonstration of Mass Effect 2 running inside Facebook will be shown.

The future of gaming? Or at least one future path?

  1. So, is it basically a terminal to a server running the game? I think doing this for off-the-shelf games is kind of a bad idea, unless they focus on making some of the UI local, rather than it being like a VNC session. Unless you have an awesome connection to the server.

  2. It’s advertising. They get site owners to embed their service (demos or time-limited pieces of games), game publishers pay them, they pay site owners a cut.

    I contacted them a few days ago about running it here as a test, not so much for the revenue, but as a service that might be fun to have for people who have low enough latency to their data centres.

  3. I had tried Gaikai earlier, and though it worked well it was as bit laggy for me. On the other hand, I tried OnLive and it surprised me how fast and well it played games. I tried Assassin’s Creed II for the hell of it and it was just wow, well done.

  4. I sincerely hope this isn’t the future of gaming, because of the problems is creates in relation to modding games and tweaking settings. Simple things like being able to go into a .ini file and change the FoV can do wonders for playability; if I wasn’t able to do that, there are games I likely would not be able to play. If this carves out a niche, that’s fine and good — there are certainly people and games for whom this may be better than traditional content distribution methods — but I hope it stays a niche.

  5. Oh yeah, I think it’s great, but I don’t want it to supplant traditional installation of games on my system. My desire is for it to become a way for me to play newer games as my computer gets older and older and therefore unable to play them as well or with good graphics. Other than that, it’s a great way to demo games.

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