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World of Warcraft streams on the iPad. No signs of leakage detected

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

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  • CurryIsGood - May 4, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    now ipad sales go up 1000 percent
  • Tenfey - May 4, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    Sounds like Gypsy Magic.
  • Spybreak8 - May 4, 2010 9:07 a.m.

    Well now MMO gamers can come out of the basement. Lol that was a joke, not a bash. I love this method but for me the practicality of streaming would kill it for me. That would eat up my allotted bandwidth soooo fast lol.
  • PhantomDave - May 4, 2010 5:32 a.m.

    I don't think playing an MMO on a touch screen is all that beneficial. Movement control and spells at the same time would be a hassle. There's a reason MMO players use their full keyboard and mouse.
  • Wriggly - May 4, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    The Ipad would actually be somewhat useful if this works out in the end.
  • farsided - May 4, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    This needs to happen. I would make a return to MMO gaming permanently if it did.
  • Wizrai - May 4, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    @ventager Agree, though it still looks more interesting that playing god with my finger...gah they are hungry again. :<
  • ventanger - May 4, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    Hey now, this is the kind of server side gaming that onLive SHOULD be about. Except... no wow please.

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