updated 04:20 pm EDT, Mon July 20, 2009
Playcast gaming on demand
Playcast Media recently announced it has launched what it calls is the first gaming on demand service that offers Xbox 360- and PS3-level games. The pilot program is thus far restricted to Israel, being offered on its HOT cable network. This does not require gamers to have a console, but instead access the games library via a conventional cable set-top box. All they require is a game pad or other sort of controller, and the games' audio and video sources are delivered over cable telephone lines.
Playcast promises the experience will be lag-free, and the currently ongoing beta testing in Israel is working out any bugs. Playcast is looking into offering the service in other markets, including the US, Europe and Asia, with planned launches in 2009 or 2010. A company representative said Playcast is in talks with major game publishers in the US. The system uses a universal controller, allowing players to interface with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles the company offers.
A similar concept has recently been proposed by OnLive. Pricing for either system is unknown, including any potential monthly service fees. [via GamingBits]