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Gaikai Ported To Chrome Client, Which Is A Bigger Deal Than It Sounds

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    Gaikai ported to Chrome Native Client, which is a bigger deal than it sounds | The Verge (click for full article)

    "Gaikai, the streaming game service, can let you play games in a browser window. That's impressive, but it's nothing new. Gaikai's service typically uses Java, which means you'll have to install Java, update it, and possibly even grant it permissions before you play a demo of a game. Each one of those clicks and every second you wait is another opportunity for you to decide you'd rather not play anything.


    But at Google I/O 2012 this week, Gaikai demonstrated a version of the service that doesn't require any download or installation at all. It uses Google's Native Client (NaCL), which sandboxes traditional code to be delivered in Chrome OS or the Chrome desktop browser, but actually run directly on the underlying hardware. While most Native Client games require a download, though - From Dust requires up to 1GB - Gaikai has a unique advantage in that its games can begin streaming almost immediately."
     
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    Sony to Buy Videogame Streaming Service Gaikai - WSJ.com (click for full article)

    "TOKYO-Sony Corp. agreed to acquire U.S.-based Gaikai Inc., which specializes in streaming videogames over the Internet, for about $380 million.

    The acquisition, made by the Japanese firm's videogame arm, comes as the industry prepares for a shift from a decades-old model of playing games on disks or cartridges in dedicated machines toward playing games on any Internet-connected device."
     

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