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    Gaikai Devs To Explore Multiple Devices This Year

    Tom Hopkins Tuesday 1 March 2011




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    David Perry, CEO of cloud-gaming service Gaikai, has told NowGamer that his team will concentrate on making streaming games compatible with multiple devices "in the coming months"


    Gaikai offers demos of games streamed via an internet browser, enabling users to instantly try a game regardless of platform or hardware.


    Perry recently blogged that Gaikai is live, and the service is now available for anybody to try on an ad hoc basis. The company is demoing Mass Effect 2 running on Facebook at GDC this week, and in the past has shown World of Warcraft running on an iPad, as well as Gaikai running on a Google TV set-top box.


    “The more devices that can deliver high quality games the better”


    "When you start a new company it's really easy to get distracted with all the random opportunities that come along," Perry told NowGamer. "In reality we have a very clear roadmap and it's incredibly exciting to watch it unfold."


    Gaikai gaming via an iPad or a set-top box could beceome a reality too: "At CES we demonstrated multiple devices working and yes in the coming months we will be putting real energy into them. Our goal is to get more people to try games, to help grow the industry globally and so the more devices that can deliver high quality games (through cloud streaming), the better."


    Perry added that the technology is always getting better, too. "We keep finding ways to improve the tech and at some point you just have to let people play. Trust me, our guys could tinker away forever, we are by no means done, we have lists and lists of new ideas and research to continually push forward cloud gaming. So this isn't a quick thing, it's a long term commitment to make this awesome."

     
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    GDC 2011: Google TV not Competing with Consoles

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    03/01/2011


    Google gave a talk at GDC 2011 on their fledgeling technology, Google TV. First off is a video of the introduction, since we were only allowed to film the first five minutes:

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    Google's Ian Ni-Lewis and Andres Ferrate spoke about Google TV and 'Games on Smart TV: Lessons Learned from Google TV' and outlined, ultimately, that while Google TV was a console, it wasn't in direct competition with 'larger' systems, like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Google TV doesn't feature the processing power to handle 3D rendering, an essential technology for current-generation console gaming.


    Ultimately, Google TV is aimed at the casual gamer market, people who have never played a game before. Games like shooters, according to Ian Ni-Lewis and Andres Ferrate require immediate accuracy. Google TV doesn't offer a mouse or a true D-pad that would be necessary for such input accuracy.


    They also spoke about the differences between Google TV and other casual and social gaming. While most casual and social gaming has taken place on PC and portable devices, Google TV focuses on the living room. The living room is 'the 10-foot experience,' requiring larger, easier to understand UI.
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    To that end, Google featured WeDraw.tv, a game much like Pictionary where players try to draw and guess on a given word designed to fit between commercials and your regular programming. Pay to download games have already been announced. Freemium content and ad-supported games are also expected to generate a lot of revenue for Google TV. They also used WeDraw.tv to show off interactivity between smartphones and Google TV.
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    Another lesson learned from Google TV: messaging. Ian Ni-Lewis and Andres Ferrate regretted not including a better messaging service in Google TV. The phone was given as a strong metaphor for technological evolution. A lot of the tools available to modern phones have made phones better. The lesson learned was that Google TV needs to fit in between mobile gaming and hardcore play, games where users can play with their family.

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