Gaikai goes live, brings Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space 2 demos to browsers

The Gaikai game-streaming service has officially gone live. According to David Perry, Gaikai's CEO, the PC cloud-gaming technology that allows players to test drive AAA computer games through their online browser is now available in 12 countries, with a handful of high-profile EA titles standing in as the system's first guinea pigs.

The launch was announced on Perry's blog last Friday and included links to Gaikai demos for Mass Effect 2SporeSims 3 and Dead Space 2, the latter of which requires you to fill out a painless survey before playing. Each game is delivered in a Java window designed to grant internet users access to a high-fidelity PC gaming experience.

In the post, Perry explained, “Our thinking is somewhat like YouTube, as instead of just building a portal to go and watch videos, they decided to focus on putting videos everywhere on the web. We are doing the same with games, so when you read a review on a game, you can try playing it right there on the same page as the review.”

Unlike OnLive's similar game-streaming outfit, Gaikai is positioning itself as a digital advertising platform geared towards providing publishers and developers the means by which to embed game demos into their websites or social networking portals.

"Nobody else in the world has achieved this kind of streaming performance directly into browsers," touted Perry, adding, "It's technically the most advanced interactive advertising unit in existence, and I'm incredibly proud of my team's accomplishments."

Perry promised a high-end demo of Gaikai's full capabilities will be showcased at this week's GDC conference in San Francisco. Until then, we're interested to hear how the service works for you...

[Source: David Perry]

Feb 28, 2011

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  • QWERTYCommander - March 1, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    I gave it a go with DS2. No compression artifacts whatsoever, and it was very playable. I'm pleased.
  • festafreak - March 1, 2011 4:23 a.m.

    My connection is aparrently poor so I went to speed test and rated my ISP 1/5.
  • RamenDragon - March 1, 2011 2:49 a.m.

    It's telling me that it's an invite-only beta for now.
  • jaico22 - March 1, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Try refreshing it. It took me a couple tries to get accepted.
  • Dave3087 - February 28, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    Looked into it and its a UK thing......lame!
  • Dave3087 - February 28, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Couldn't get it to work. My network response times are to high, that sounds like a good thing to me but what do i know.

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