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.