Those who are looking at streaming gaming services such as OnLive as the alternative to running games locally (or in some cases, not being able to run them at all) will have another alternative in Gaikai, which launches its public beta today.
Gaikai differs from OnLive in several different ways, as it looks for other avenues to deliver the hardcore, full gaming experience. For example, Gaikai is working on delivering games on Facebook. Instead of simple casual games like Farmville, Gaikai is working on putting a game like Mass Effect 2 playable in a Facebook window – something that will be demonstrated at GDC.
EA is also contributing some other games to the service, such as FIFA 2011, Dead Space 2, Battlefield, Bulletstorm, among others.
Gaikai will be looking at embedding games into websites, perhaps making the gaming experience a bit like how YouTube works today.
It's an interesting concept that's just in its infancy, but we're excited at the possibilities that services such as Gaikai and OnLive open up.
Fun that a game steaming service claim full gaming experience, how can it be full gaming experience?
To my knowledge full gaming experience dont include the below!
* Added latency by rendering (and usually compressing the videostream) on server rather than local?
Usual reduced visuals due to compression compared to local rendering?
Disconnected mid game in your single player game?
So fun to hear the marketing words when they won't fool anyone but the novices/ignorant!
The game stream services has its place when the target client can't handle anything more than the video stream and input but anyone who can afford a descent connection should be able to afford a descent computer.
In the future, mabe... today - No!
Even unmetered service have an acceptable use policy and with Mass Effect 2 I can see my acceptable use being destroyed.