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

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The screenshot below shows World of Warcraft streaming on an iPad via a Gaikai server. The image, which was posted on the blog of Gaikai co-founder David Perry, suggests that a more portable way to play World of Warcraft and other MMOs may be on the way. “We’re really interested to see what works well with streaming and will be trying just about every genre of game, on ever device possible as we explore server-side computing,” explains Perry.

Above: If Gaikai succeeds, a web browser and a solid internet connection may be the only thing PC gamers need

Gaikai uses what the company calls “Streaming Worlds” technology, which lets you play any game online through your browser. The idea is that by using this service, which is still in its beta stage, PC gamers can skip the hassle of worrying about hard drive space needed to install game files and ever increasing system requirements by letting the Gaikai servers do all the work. If the technology works as intended, the service could theoretically eliminate the need for the costly hardware upgrades that have always made PC gaming such an expensive hobby.

May 3, 2010