Gaikai open beta begins with Mass Effect 2

The open beta test phase has begun for the cloud-based gaming service, Gaikai. 11,000 invitations have been issued so far and additional waves of invites are coming soon. Gaikai uses what the company calls “Streaming Worlds” technology, which lets you play 3D games online through your browser. The idea is that by using this service, PC gamers won’t need to worry about hardware requirements or hard drive space.

“On Sunday afternoon we decided to stop coming up with excuses not to launch Gaikai to the public and silently sent out a blast of 1,000 invites around the world,” says Gaikai founder Doug Perry on his blog.

“We sent out another 10,000 invites and players are currently hitting 15 of our 24 data centers. No issues have been reported that we can’t fix this month.”

The Gaikai beta introduces testers to the new service with Mass Effect 2. “The game everyone is playing first is Mass Effect 2, it's the highest rated PC game in the last 12 months and Bioware simply rocks. They've been very supportive as has Electronic Arts. The good news for them is we are getting a surprising amount of people clicking "BUY" without even making them a special offer,” says Perry.

And more games are on the way. Perry is working on securing more deals with publishers before the service launches. “We are working with lots of publishers / retailers / media sites / electronics makers / telecom companies etc. We have at least 60 deals in the pipe at some stage. (You can imagine how nuts that is to manage.). Our team has been growing nicely and we have been making some strategic hires that you will hear about in the next few weeks,” explains Perry.

Above: Mass Effect 2 streamed through Gaikai on a web browser. No installation required

If you’re interested in signing up for the beta yourself, head to the official site at

[Source: Gaikai]

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  • Ekythump3 - March 1, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    As someone stated earlier,you may get a "sorry but your response time is too high" message,but if you refresh a couple of times when you sign up for the beta,it will eventually let you in.
  • ChrisMacDee - November 18, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    Hmm... in uni and tried to sign up to it, but it is just sitting at 100% :/
  • ChrisMacDee - November 18, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Hmm... in uni and tried to sign up to it, but it is just sitting at 100% :/
  • QWERTYCommander - November 18, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    "Your response time was unusually fast" ...
  • NanoElite666 - November 18, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Sounds like what OnLive was aiming to do. Speaking of which, did that ever take off? Haven't heard squat about it in a while now that I think about it.
  • QWERTYCommander - November 18, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    My laptop is pretty crap, so I say AWESOME!!! Hopefully this becomes an open beta soon!
  • mockraven - November 18, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    New temptation: Playing Mass Effect 2 and other engrossing titles on the work computer! This is both awesome and may adversely affect productivity. I do hope it takes off, though. It'd be nice to not have to update computer parts every few years for the sake of the latest generation of gaming, especially when you have multiple computers involved.
  • ventanger - November 18, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    What's with the ridiculously stupid orchestral music ruining the video?! Anyways, I love this kind of technology, the idea that eventually you can play any game over a wireless connection on a mobile platform regardless of processing power it a big advance in all kinds of mediums.
  • Crabhand - November 18, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    As someone with a surplus of hard drive space and an extreme disdain for browser/windowed games, this is very irrelevant to my interests. Still interesting idea though.
  • Spybreak8 - November 18, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    I tried out Onlive when I was at a friend's apartment in the city (no way this would work with my satellite broadband) and was thrilled to play Dirt 2 with no frame rate issues at all. It was gorgeous and awesome.
  • vigeoman - November 17, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    just saying you must have to have the best internet connection ever to play this
  • TNK2 - November 17, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    if it isn't as sucky and laggy as onlive i'd try it, but that's not gonna take my love of hard copies away just yet.
  • shadowreaper72 - November 17, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Hmmm this may be good news for me as my labtop is not powerful enough to play games on. Will they get the Old Republic as well?
  • EAC73 - November 17, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    can some 1 tell me if this is just like onlive but prob goana get more games

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