updated 05:15 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011
Walmart.com to provide streaming demos
Gaikai is reportedly collaborating with Walmart to bring live game streaming to the retailer's website. The Game Center section of Walmart.com will allows visitors to play select games directly from a browser, without requiring users to download any files, sign up for subscription services, or wait for data-heavy content to load.
The system utilizes Gaikai's streaming game platform, which handles the bulk of the processing from cloud-based servers rather than users' computers. The service is said to be effective on a wide range of machines, as long as the Internet connection is fast enough to keep up with the streaming content. To avoid quality problems, visitors' connection speeds are gauged before the site offers a live demo.
The companies are currently working to bring the technology to Walmart's website, with a number of titles to be added within the next 12 months. Gaikai has already secured a licensing agreement with Electronic Arts for games such as Dead Space 2. [via VentureBeat]