SAMSUNG will introduce its Cloud Gaming service through the Gaikai network on its top-of-the-range 7000 series televisions.
Samsung's 7000 series range of TV sets already features applications, however the firm has teamed up with Gaikai, a cloud-rendering game streaming provider, to bypass games consoles entirely. According to the firm, 7000 series owners will be able to play games in under a minute.
Kyung-shik Lee, VP of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said, "Samsung is excited to deliver this revolutionary gaming experience that takes advantage of all the benefits of cloud-computing, all on the central screen of the home-Samsung Smart TV. With Samsung Cloud Gaming, Samsung's leadership in Smart Content and commitment to providing consumers with an innovative Home Entertainment experience is evident."
Gaikai has grown to become one of the biggest players in the cloud gaming market, and with Samsung putting an application on its TVs, it could be the beginning of the end of dedicated games consoles. While Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo need not worry just yet, the truth is that cloud gaming services can offload the vast majority of compute power needed to play the latest games, with consumers only needing high-bandwidth internet connections, which many need anyway for playing on services such as Xbox Live or the Playstation Network.
Samsung said it will soon be accepting sign-ups for beta testing. The firm said the service initially will be limited to its US customers. µ