Gaikai Could Turn Android Into Next PS3 Thanks To Sony

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

About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • Infexis

    Looking forward to this

  • First Ouya now this service. Android just keeps getting better and better. Love it :)

  • joe

    You can already do this with onlive you know

    • Lol did u read the article?

  • Leon Nat

    It seems like having a playstation certified device might finally repay, because that dozen of PS 1 titles just ain’t cutting it. Good part is that if you would have to have PS certified device to use gaikai, you are not bound to Sony’s hardware.

    However, current version of tablet s is likely not to get supported due to recent announcements from nvidia and gaikai on the matter of streaming content omitting CPU, directly into video chip. That functionality is promised for tegra 3 devices