The Sims, Battlefield: Bad Company, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect series streaming onto Gaikai

Ever wanted to play new PC games on the highest settings without spending the cash required for a high-end gaming rig? If Gaikai’s cloud based videogame service works as promised, the need for expensive computer components may be a problem of the past. The games run on Gaikai servers, and the audio and video is then streamed to you while you play them through your web browser.

A recent announcement for a multi-year licensing agreement with Electronic Arts suggests that there will be no shortage of titles for Gaikai’s upcoming service, which will support a number of big EA franchises, including The Sims, Battlefield: Bad Company, Dragon Age series, Mass Effect series, Medal of Honor series, and Need for Speed.

Above: Imagine playing The Sims 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, or Mass Effect 2 without an expensive gaming rig

“EA has some of the most important franchises in the video game industry, and we're excited to be able to use our streaming technology to help new audiences discover these amazing properties. We are also excited to be powering a cutting-edge digital strategy with EA developers", said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc.

Jun 21, 2010

World of Warcraft streams on the iPad. No signs of leakage detected
Image shows World of Warcraft streaming on the iPad via a Gaikai server


  • Modroneman - June 22, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    I already have a kickass rig, so this bodes no interest for myself. Unless I can play this on my cell phone (Samsung Reality), I could care less about this service.
  • speno93 - June 22, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    i think its a rather clever idea, but as previously stated i hope they can sort out any internet connection issues
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 22, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    I think its a fantastic idea. Though many PC gamers are relatively hardcore, just about everyone has a PC and internet. This system can help many people who want to play games but cant shell out the big bucks for a system or comp upgrades to get hardcore and enjoy many of the games hardcore gamers enjoy. I say bravo.
  • FingeredPope - June 21, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Being a former PC enthusiast myself, I can see how this would be helpful to those of us that can no longer afford to upgrade every 6 months to a year when the next wave of components is released causing our current hardware to become near to just plain obsolete.
  • Jesse1066 - June 21, 2010 11 p.m.

    I agree. Plus, wouldn't you need a really fast internet? That's a lot of info going back and forth.
  • db1331 - June 21, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    Some people actually ENJOY buying new parts, and upgrading so they can max out that hot new game they have been waiting years to play. You know how excited you were that Christmas when you unwrapped your Nintendo/Xbox/Playstation and hurredly plugged it in and powered it up for the first time? Now imagine if you had built that system with yourself, after hand picking individual parts to suit your exact needs. Imagine how much more amped you would be about gaming on that system. In general, people who like PC games like gaming PCs. That is why these cloud-based game streaming deals will never take off.

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