New company promises 'console quality' Facebook games

Posted by Mike Luttrell

A company called Gaikai is endeavoring to take Facebook gaming to the next level.

Gaikai has tried to make a name for itself in the world of cloud gaming, offering high-end computer game experiences to players without requiring them to go out to the store and buy a game, or even spend time downloading the title.

And arguably, if you want to deliver that kind of experience to gamers, there's one place that has a stronger and more appealing reach than any other platform - Facebook.

"People don’t want to leave Facebook to play games – Zynga’s phenomenal success is proof of that. Cloud Gaming means that the game doesn’t need to be downloaded and run on your computer, it literally means the game runs out on the internet, in the cloud, with the experience being streamed to the players," said Gaikai CEO David Perry.

In the initial beta launch of Gaikai on Facebook, the following games will be available:

- Saints Row: The Third
- Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
- Magicka
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
- Orcs Must Die!
- Farming Simulator 2011

Gaikai is working to recruit more publishers to bring their blockbuster games to the world of Facebook, without comprimising quality.

"Most video game publishers are now seeking to grow their digital customer base and unlike movie and music services like Netflix and Spotify, Gaikai gives the game publishers relationships with the customers," Perry said.