We’ve all seen what cloud gaming on Android looks like with OnLive, and from what I’ve seen, it looks pretty good. However, gaming service Gaikai, recently acquired by Sony, is likely going to bring cloud gaming to the next level. Currently available through PC browsers, an Android client is on the way, and it promises to be an exceptional gaming platform.
So what makes Gaikai so special? First, it’s speed. Harnessing the power of NVIDIA’s GeForce Grid technology moves the service way beyond what OnLive can do now… and the faster the game can stream to you, the more it feels like a traditional console. Improved responsiveness in a game can be the difference between life and death, and hardcore gamers will appreciate the advantage this provides.
Also, now that Sony owns Gaikai, we can expect more of their PS3 blockbusters to become available on the service. In fact, acquiring Gaikai was probably Sony’s smartest move in years. The PlayStation pedigree combined with the Android gamer audience could spell big money for Sony.
It’s possible Sony will make Gaikai exclusive to their own devices, at least for a little while, to boost their hardware sales. Yeah, I’m not too keen on that idea myself since I’m not fond of the design of most of Sony’s Android devices, but it’s only speculation at this point. It might make more sense for them to make it available to all Android users, widening their gaming audience. I would have to think they would make more revenue from game sales or subscriptions than from hardware sales, but I’m no financial genius.
We’ll just probably have to wait until IFA at the end of this month to hear more, which is when Sony is expected to announce their Tablet S successor, rumored to run an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, making it a strong Gaikai candidate.
Who’s interested in cloud gaming? Do you think it can become the gaming platform of the future, replacing console games? Sound off in the comments below.
source: android and me