We first tried Gaikai on Facebook a few days ago,and were pleasantly surprised at the game streamers fluidity. So much so that we not only wrote an article about Gaikai but set off to find out from the company itself what Gaikai's future plans for IPad and iPhone compatibility are. We have managed to track down Gaikai's PR company who have supplied us this handy guide to exactly what Gaikai is. This game industry press release shoud also help users to decide whether to use Gaikai or OnLive for gaming. We will also be doing a follow up article with more in depth and specific questions soon, so if you have anything you want to find out about the new gaming portal then please add your question in the article comments and we will forward it on to the PR team. so let's answer your burning question: What is Gaikai and what can it do? Oh and lets not forget the all important, is Gaikai free to use?!
What is Gaikai and how do you use it?
Gaikai has spent the past three years designing and building the fastest interactive cloud network in the world, instantly capable of delivering cutting-edge games without the need for any extra custom hardware or software. Coupled with relationships with the top video game and development partners around the world, Gaikai is capable of delivering a broad catalog of the world’s most exciting games straight to consumers across the web, including social networks like Facebook, YouTube or on any Internet-connected device, including televisions, set-top boxes and tablets and mobile devices.
Gaikai is a cloud gaming company. They work with business like LG, Samsung, more than 40 publishers like EA, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. They provide these companies with cloud space to stream video games to TV, computers, tablets, mobile devices, etc. For instance, with LG and Samsung, Gaikai is their preferred cloud gaming service. Gaikai enables both LG and Samsung to create their own gaming service using Gaikai. LG and Samsung work with publishers to create pricing, and secure games for their own video game service. Samsung and LG along with publishers will decide which games to feature. Gaikai is the sevice that allows Samsung or LG or EA or Wal-Mart to actually provide streaming games. Does that make sense.
So, Gaikai isn’t retailer like OnLive. Gaikai doesn’t sell games. They do not market games. They provide platforms such as LG or Samsung or EA with the ability to stream video games from the cloud. The goal of Gaikai is to lower the barrier for people to play video games. Right now, you have to have a high end PC/MAC, or own a console. Gaikai enables companies to bring games to people with the least amount of friction through streaming. For PC, if you can watch a Netflix film, you can definitely stream Mass Effect 3. With platforms such as LG and Samsung, you will be able to play full games with saves via Gaikai. Gaikai is the service that enables companies to stream their video games.
How does Gaikai work is a question best left to the software engineers, but in the forthcoming interview we will attempt to find out what new games are coming to Gaikai? A lot of rumours still abound as to whether the PS Vita games will work on Gaikai. We'll try to put all rumours and speculation about the cloud gaming platform to bed with our follow up interview.