updated 12:32 pm EDT, Tue June 5, 2012
Samsung Cloud Gaming to rely on Gaikai for game demos on Smart HDTVs
Samsung and cloud gaming provider Gaikai on Tuesday announced they will team up to bring out the so-called Samsung Cloud Gaming (SCG) service. Basically, owners of Samsung's 2012 Smart HDTVs will have the ability to access Gaikai's cloud-based video games. The service will be relegated to Samsung's 7000-series and higher Smart TVs in the US this summer.
LG uses the same service, though Samsung will customize the interface to match the look of its own Smart Hub user interface. The deal was reportedly nine months in the making, and involves Samsung buying bandwidth dedicated to SCG from Gaikai's 24 data centers, with pricing on a per-device basis. Gaikai will handle overflow traffic.
Samsung said it will begin looking for beta testers of the service soon. There is no fee to play Gaikai games, though they are limited to demos and not full versions of the games.
Sony has also been rumored to announce a partnership with a cloud gaming company this week at E3.