World of Warcraft Shown Streamed to iPad

What do you do when you want to go on your World of Warcraft raid but you can't be at your desktop (for example, when nature calls). Online game streaming service Gaikai may have the answer for you.

Dave Perry was walking through the Gaikai office when he spotted an iPad streaming World of Warcraft.


Perry wrote in his blog:

Was walking through the office, saw this, thought you'd like to see...Soon I'll be able to play WOW with my Cornflakes!We're really interested to see what works well with streaming and will be trying just about every genre of game, on every device possible as we explore server-side computing.This is World of Warcraft streamed from a Gaikai server over regular Wifi.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • bin1127
    is that playing WoW or just watching?
  • But can it play crysis?
  • t-vizz the 2nd
    That's screwed up, no one should subject themselves to truly 24/7 wow
  • JofaMang
    I am not a big fan of server side computing like this, or OnLive. I just can't trust that latency issues will be properly sorted in the near future.
  • grillz9909
    t-vizz the 2ndThat's screwed up, no one should subject themselves to truly 24/7 wow
    ...They are only demonstrating WoW because of the huge following. If you read the article it tells you that they are not trying just WoW, they are going to try every genre of game.
  • triculious
    seems nice as an academic experiment... not very useful IMO

    at least, I don't think I'd be able to play like that
  • banthracis
    How exactly would one control wow using an ipad?

    There is a reason WOW is a keyboard and mouse game, and one which hardcore players utilize most of the keys on a keyboard and mouse.
  • grieve
    since you got that ipad in the can with you... wipe your ass with it!

    oh wait, is there already an app for that?!
  • Niktavalos
    This would be an acceptable way to work the auction house, or simple quests. I don't think anyone will try to use it for real combat.
  • ncr7002
    No way, the iPad couldn't possibly push WoW at playable framerates, if it can push it at all, not unless a specific version is developed as a native app for it, and I'm not sure about that either.

    And before someone says so, showing a single lvl 1 char standing on an empty road to Goldshire is Not playing WoW, any serious hardware running the game needs to push at least 25 fps on a current 25-man raid all the time, otherwise you can't call it *playable*.