Gaikai aims to bring console quality gaming to Android devices

Next-gen gaming consoles are arriving within the next year, with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all working on their next iterations to the consoles of today. It’s been hinted at for some time and now it’s coming to a reality. When looking at the future of gaming, the cloud will become a major focus and the next great gaming platform. What’s even more exciting is that a number of Android devices by the end of the year will be able to stream flagship console games with the experience feeling just like you are playing a console at home.

As of now, users can experience cloud gaming on Android through the existing service OnLive. The game client itself has potential but still have serious flaws on Android. However the new gaming client generating press is the upcoming Gaikai (pronounced: guy-kai). The service is already available from a PC browser, and an Android client is now coming in the next few months.

Gaikai offers a superior gaming experience thanks to their growing library of games and NVIDIA’s GeForce Grid technology. Originally Gaikai was to be released to Google’s Play Store later this year, however, Sony has recently acquired Gaikai for $380 million. Rumors have circulated that Sony will now make Gaikai an exclusive service to their upcoming smartphones and tablets.

Sony is expected to announce the follow-up to their Tablet S later this month at IFA. The device itself is rumored to feature NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and it will be lighter and thinner than the original. Gaikai already runs smoothly on Tegra 3 devices and Sony could easily add support for their Bluetooth DualShock 3 controller.

Several games that appeared on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 have already been ported to Gaikai. Now with Sony ownership, Sony could hand pick their best sellers from their Playstation 3 library and make them available via on-demand. This instantly gives Sony an immediate and definitive gaming experience on Android. The current unknown however is how does this affect the service’s price structure and will Sony have the service available to ALL Android platforms (OUYA anyone?) or only their exclusive line?

More details are expected to be revealed by the end of the month.


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