April 11, 2012
Gaikai Game Streaming Comes To Facebook!
Gaikai announced today that it will be bringing an open beta of its cloud gaming service to Facebook! So you can demo some top full games streaming over the internet and not have to worry about having a gaming rig or a monster video card you just need a computer (PC or MAC) any major web browser and the latest version of Java and POW! You are gaming!
David Perry, CEO of Gaikai had this to say about being able to stream on Facebook:
People don’t want to leave Facebook to play games – Zynga’s phenomenal success is proof of that, Cloud Gaming means that the game doesn’t need to be downloaded and run on your computer, it literally means the game runs out on the internet, in the cloud, with the experience being streamed to the players. Most video game publishers are now seeking to grow their digital customer base and unlike movie and music services like Netflix and Spotify, Gaikai gives the game publishers relationships with the customers.”
“The power of Facebook is not only in the vast size of the connected audience, but also in the quality of the social ties and interactions that occur within the network. The Facebook social graph fuels our mantra “Try it for free”, “Share it if you like it”, “Buy it if you love it”
The library of games that Gaikai has to offer is small but definitely worth a look! They offer Saints Row- The Third, Orcs Must Die, The Witcher 2, Dead Rising 2- Off The Record, Magicka, Sniper- Ghost Warrior, and Farming Simulator 2011 and may have more in the future. I tried to run this service via Faceboot and it bombed on every game I tried to play! Since it is a “beta” I’ll chalk it up to that and hope to see it working tomorrow….
To give this new app a try check out Gaikai’s Facebook page here.! If you want to bypass the whole Facebook thing and have more games to try then hit up Gaikai’s Site here! So what do you guys think? Is this the future of PC gaming? Should Steam be worried?