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 www.gaikai.com.
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