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David Perry: Gaikai already feature complete, will be out of beta in “mid-December”

Friday, 8th October 2010 10:31 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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OnLive’s been going through some growing pains, but awkward teenager or not, it’s still available for all to try. Its main competitor Gaikai, however, has definitely subscribed to the mantra of “slow and steady wins the race.” When, though, will it finally cross the finish line?

Speaking with VG247 during an interview at GDC Online in Austin, David Perry said that the cloud gaming service is on track to go live in mid-December.

“We said we’d be done by the end of September, and we are. We’re feature complete. You see it running from Dallas. That’s the experience that people are gonna have. So the problem is we have not had the mass market real gamers come and play this. We’ve had publishers playing, but we haven’t had real gamers,” Perry explained.

“The minute that announcement comes out of who we’re gonna partner with, we’ll start sending out invites immediately. And we’re gonna do that for 60 days. So we are 60 days from the start of those invites to launch,” he added.

“So that’s means, at some point in December – probably mid-December – we will be live. There will be no ‘you’re in a beta.’ It’ll just be ‘go ahead and play.’”

So there you have it. Barring something catastrophic – like a huge glitch or someone accidentally tipping a server, setting off a cartoony dominoes-style chain reaction that decimates every last one – Gaikai will be opened to the masses by the end of the year.

We’ll have the full interview with Perry available for your perusal next week.

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2 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    Looking forward to seeing how they implement price point. I have no doubt that Cloud is viable. Onlive works and works well. The biggest hurdle is price point. Second being game selection.

    Onlive just dropped their old membership fees which was smart.

    But now they need reinstitute a membership plan that includes the ability to play all of their games at an affordable price point.

    It is unrealistic to think that gamers will pay a per play fee. Or that they will want to “buy” games that will disapear after 18 – 24 months, esp when those games cost near as much as they do at the store.

    If these services can work themself into a sensible price point, have enough games, and maybe even get themself to work on XB360, PS3, or Wii, along with offer a “dumby” console themself(and Onlive is putting their own out soon), these services could become the netflix of video games.

    They are getting closer then some of you folks might think they are. Go try Onlive, its free to try.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    I like that Gaikai just works out of your browser.

    I’m more interested in this than OnLive, but I’ll try both when they’re available in bonny Scotland.

    #2 4 years ago

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