The recent partnership between Facebook and Gaikai has resulted in the introduction of console-quality gaming to the social networking world. Much like regular online gaming, Gaikai lets Facebook users play high definition games by subscribing to a particular service. This introduction of cloud gaming to the social network is quite possibly the best decision by Facebook so far.
The user is not bound to download a specific game on its PC first in order to play it. Rather, users can directly play it on its PC provided it has internet access and a Facebook account (things simply cannot get any better than this).
The Founder and CEO of Gaikai, David Perry said:
“People don’t want to leave Facebook to play games; Zynga’s phenomenal success is proof of that.”
The games recently available to play online on Facebook (by Gaikai) include Dead Rising 2, Sniper – Ghost Warrior, Farming Simulator 2011, Saints Row – the Third, The Witcher 2 – Assassins of Kings, Orcs Must Die.
There are a few pre-requisites to play such console-quality games online, namely a fast broadband connection and Java to get the best out of Gaikai’s applications. The most remarkable fact regarding this advanced technology is that no 3D accelerator card or any other dedicated graphic hardware is required at all for playing even the most graphically mammoth video game.
It is now definitely safe to assume that online gaming has never been this much better. Currently, the Gaikai application is only offering demos to play online. It’s only a matter of time until full games would be playable to push gamers towards a whole new level of online gaming.