Samsung brings cloud gaming to smart TVs with Gaikai

6 Jun 2012

A new cloud-based gaming service from Samsung will stream console-quality games directly to Samsung smart TVs.

Samsung Cloud Gaming has been developed in partnership with Gaikai, a cloud-based video-game platform provider. The service will stream a mix of family-friendly and AAA-quality video games directly to smart TVs from the 2012 Samsung LED 7000 series.

The cloud-based gaming service will give smart TV owners instant access to video games from some of the industry’s biggest titles. Though the service will, of course, require a healthy broadband connection, there’s a noticeable absence of additional hardware.

Nothing else bar the select smart TV and a gamepad is required; no console, no additional device, nothing. And there’s no need to download, install or update games as you are streaming straight from the cloud.

A console experience direct from the cloud

“Samsung is the largest TV manufacturer in the world and Gaikai is the industry-recognised fastest cloud-based streaming service for video games. Together, we will turn Samsung Smart TVs into a console-like experience capable of delivering the best-selling video games and other content instantly to consumers – no downloads, no extra hardware, no trips to the store,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai.

Users will be able to access Samsung Cloud Gaming through Samsung’s Smart Hub, and they can trial games for free, only paying for them when they really know they want them.

Perry hopes this partnership will extend the popularity of video games by making them more easily available. “Samsung Cloud Gaming will greatly expand the reach of the best games our industry can provide, then make them just as accessible as movies, TV shows and music,” he said.

Only available in the US initially, Samsung will soon be seeking users to beta test the new service. Lucky them!

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.