May 16th, 2012

The cloud gaming space is about to get a little more crowded with new comer Gaikai entering into the ring. Backed by none other than Nvidia and their powerful Kepler GPU. Gaikai is the brainchild of gaming mastermind David Perry (of Earth Worm Jim fame) and allows players to game from just about any device with a high speed internet connection and a device capable of streaming HD video. If you thought this sounded a lot like Onlive, you’d be right but there’s one small, millisecond difference — latency.

Gaikai looks to get a leg up on the competition thanks to their partnership with Nvidia who will back David Perry’s cloud service with their powerful gaming processor. Nvidia and Gaikai took to the stage today to show off Nvidia’s GeForce Grid GPU on an ASUS Transformer Prime. On Nvidia’s cloud in the sky, the GeForce Grid features 2 Kepler GPU’s with 3,072 CUDA cores, capable of pushing 4.7 teraflops of 3D shader bliss.

To demo the new service and technology, a demo of an upcoming first-person mech shooter called Hawken was shown off onstage showcasing ten millisecond latency and Gaikai’s “console,” jokingly nothing more than an simple ethernet cable — no console box necessary. The coolest part? With plans to bring the service to everything from smartphones to televisions, Gaikai will let anyone game with friends regardless of platform.

As far as pricing goes, Gaikai is currently free, offering demos of popular games from any desktop browser but this new venture could see a Netflix-like flat monthly rate for all you can play access to their gaming catalog — supported by publishers like Epic, Capcom and THQ, EA, Ubisoft and Sega. No word on exactly when we can expect GaiKai’s/Nvidia’s GeForce Grid to launch, but it’s very possible we’ll see more at next month’s E3 — of which we’ll be on hand, providing you with the very latest.