Samsung and Gaikai bringing cloud gaming to Smart TVs

Samsung and Gaikai are bro-ing down and teaming up to bring cloud gaming to the electronic giant’s upcoming TV range.

The two companies will collaborate to bring a new cloud-based gaming platform to the Smart TV range incoming from Samsung, which will allow for instantaneous gaming experiences, without download times and additional hardware.

Gaikai’s streaming technology will power the service known as Samsung Cloud Gaming, and is heading into its beta testing phase in the US.

Games will be available from Samsung’s Smart Hub and are being described as “diverse selection of AAA content”.

“Our vision is to provide the same access to video games that consumers enjoy with TV shows, movies and music,” said GaiKai CEO David Perry.

“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.”

“One of Samsung’s key strengths lies in bringing brand new technology and entertainment products to our consumers, and adding Gaikai to our Smart TVs delivers both,” added Samsung Electronics VP of the firm’s visual display business, Kyung-shik Lee.

“Working together we are proud to bring the biggest blockbuster video games straight onto Samsung televisions, significantly adding to the value of the Smart TV platform, as well as giving digital consumers an entirely new way to try and buy video games from the convenience of their living rooms.”

Previous rumours suggested that Gaikai were lining up to partner with Sony, in order to open the Playstation catalogue to non-Playstation platforms, although it seems that speculation has now been squashed.

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