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Gaikai teams up with Bigfoot Networks

Bigfoot Networks has been releasing its PC gaming-related projects for some time, specifically its desktop networking cards with its unique anti-latency hardware and software. Today Bigfoot Networks revealed that it is teaming up with the Gaikai streaming PC game service to better provide PC gamers with access to that service.

Bigfoot Networks claims that if a PC with one of its products signs onto a Gaikai streaming PC game server it will automatically detect that and provide a better streaming game experience. The two companies also announced that they plan to reveal more of their team up plans in the near future.

Interview: Dave Perry talks more about Gaikai

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Late last week, without much warning, the Gaikai online streaming game service finally showed to the public what it could do. The service let PC gamers try out streaming demos of several games, including some that until now didn't have PC demos at all including Spore, The Sims 3 and Dead Space 2.

With the service, led by famed game developer Dave Perry, now out in the open, Big Download cought up with him to get more info about Gaikai's future, how Perry feels about that other streaming game service OnLive and more.

Editors note: The interview was conducted just prior to GDC 2011 this week

Gaikai officially goes live; includes Dead Space 2 PC demo; Spore and Sims 3 demos

gaikai dead space 2 pc demoAfter a couple of years of teases and months of closed beta testing, the Gaikai streaming PC game service is now officially live. The CEO of Gaikai, Dave Perry, announced that the service was open to anyone to try out on his official web site late on Friday.

The streaming service is concentrating only on limited game demos, at least for now (unlike the OnLive service which has full games to play). The official Gaikai web site is offering a streaming demo of Mass Effect 2 (access to the demo pops up on the right hand side of the site after a few seconds). Gaikai is also being used to demo other EA games such as Spore and The Sims 3 which didn't have traditional PC demos released for them. Most interesting is that Gaikai is the only place to play a PC demo of the recent sci-fi horror game Dead Space 2 (after you fill out a survey). We've played it and on our connection it's pretty smooth. There's also a way to try out the quasi-MMO game Second Life via a Gaikai connection.

On his web site Perry states that at GDC next week he will be demoing a Gaikai-powered game running inside a Facebook page. He also states that " ... we will show some really high-end, high-performance games running at 60hz with no work needing to be done by the publishers / developers."

Gaikai hires more executives; still no official launch date

The Gaikai streaming PC game service announced a couple of new people that will join the company's executive team. One is Robert Stevenson who is the company's new Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment. Stevenson has worked for many years in the game business including stints at Namco Bandai and Atari. The other new executive is Tim Wilson who has been named as Gaikai's Executive VP of Strategic Relationships. Wilson worked for 16 years at Electronic Arts including the Chief Technology Officer at EA' Redwood Shores studio.

Meanwhile we are still waiting for Gaikai to launch. You may remember that its CEO Dave Perry told our sister site Engadget that he was targeting a December 15, 2010 launch but that date has come and gone. He told us about a month ago that Gaikai decided to take the "difficult route by supporting every browser / operating system configuration (including Linux) in all countries."

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We get a Gaikai update from its CEO Dave Perry

Some of you may remember that our sister site Engadget did a hands-on preview of the upcoming Gaikai streaming PC game service a few weeks ago. It's CEO Dave Perry told them he was aiming to finally launch the service to the public on December 15 with the caveat that he wasn't making any promises on keeping to that date. It's a good thing he added that bit in because December 15 came and went without Gaikai's official launch.

Big Download emailed Perry himself to get an update on when Gaikai will be available to the masses. While he dodged our question on whether or not Gaikai would launch before the end of 2010 he did give us this general update:

Open Beta is going well. We took the difficult route by supporting every browser / operating system configuration (including Linux) in all countries. That said, progress has been good, no show-stoppers. We will continue this process for the time being as it's giving us time to set up the rest of the global network. (12 Countries live so far.)

Hope you are have a great Holiday!

Gaikai isn't worried about OnLive's cloud-based gaming patent

Earlier this week it was revealed that OnLive had officially gotten a patent on its cloud-based streaming game PC technology. Now VentureBeat is reporting that OnLive's biggest rival in this still small business, Gaikai, isn't all that concerned that OnLive's patent claim will hurt Gaikai. Company CEO Dave Perry states that Gaikai has filed for a number of patents for its own tech and says, "With regard to OnLive's new patent, we are not concerned with making set-top boxes, which is the focus of OnLive's patent, because from the beginning we decided to go frictionless and not require a specific hardware configuration."

Meanwhile we are still waiting for Gaikai to go live for the rest of the world; Perry said that the service was supposed to come out of its beta phase in mid-December but so far that has yet to occur.

OnLive now has a patent on cloud-based streaming PC game tech

The OnLive streaming PC game service was the first out of the game when it officially launched last June, letting PCs, Macs and more recently televisions stream and play even graphically high end PC games with relatively small hardware requirements. Now VentureBeat reports that OnLive has officially secured a patent on the technology behind its cloud-based streaming PC game service.

U.S. patent No. 7,849,491, which was first filed by OnLive CEO Steve Perlman back in 2002, was officially granted just last week. That could mean that any other rival streaming game service, which includes Dave Perry's Gaikai, could be sued by OnLive for violation of its technology. The article, however, states that Perlman would more likely try to reach some sort of agreement with any other stream-based rival.

Speaking of Gaikai, the last word we had about that service was that it was scheduled to go live, well, tomorrow. However Perry did say at the time that he wasn't making any promises on whether he would stick to that date.

Gaikai gets demoed by Engadget; launch currently set for December 15

While OnLive had some big news today, the streaming PC game service's biggest rival Gaikai is still in closed beta. However our sister site Engadget managed to check out a demo of the closed beta by playing a demo of Mass Effect 2 on an Eee netbook. The verdict? Engadget states, "There's a bit of video compression artifacting, especially around floating text, but it still made for a fairly pretty game." It added that it had some issues getting headshots in the game but otherwise " ... we still got through the opening level without too much trouble."

Gaikai is currently expected to launch on December 15 although the article states that the company's head man Dave Perry "didn't make any promises" on keeping that date. Unlike OnLive which offers full games for streaming and purchase, Gaikai will only offer free demos of PC games although Perry said he would like to offer full games when more servers are in place along with "1080p streaming and stereoscopic 3" features.

Gaikai sends out invites to beta test the service

Gaikai, the upcoming streaming PC game service, is letting more people try it out. In his personal web site Gaikai's CEO Dave Perry announced that on Sunday it begun sending out invites to folks who signed up to beta test the service. Perry calls it "Open Beta" but by our definition that means anyone can try Gaikai. The truth is that the service is sending out invites to people who have signed on to try out Gaikai.

Perry says that the response so far has been positive, quoting beta testers' messages like this one: "Just amazing , I'm a Linux user , i love enjoy my game under my OS. I really want use Gaikai it's really the new way for play without Windows , thank you make my day ." Perry himself says Gaikai will continue to send out invites in waves of 10,000 people until all current issues in the beta are fixed

Gaikai beta could be handled by "major USA gaming site"

We are still waiting for the official launch of the Gaikai streaming PC game service and according to its CEO Dave Perry, "Gaikai is ready to launch now." However, in a new chat with MCV, he states that the closed beta test could have a wrinkle.

According to Perry, ""At the 11th hour a major USA gaming site has asked us to let them run our Closed Beta. If the deal can be done quickly we will do that, if not we will invite 100,000 people in to play from our own users." Naturally the US-based site was not named. Previously Perry has said Gaikai could be ready for launch by mid-December.
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