Shiny Entertainment founder David Perry shows off a picture of World of Warcraft running on an iPad, made possible by the streaming technology of his newer company, Gaikai.
Gaikai's technology is more than simply streaming video games over the internet. Gaikai aims to host entire retail copies of popular games like World of Warcraft, streaming them directly to users' computers and handheld devices, doing away with the need to upgrade their machines, apply patches, or worry about maintenance whatsoever. Totilo talked to Perry about Gaikai in July of last year, so check out that post for a much more in-depth overview of how the technology will work.
What's important here, is that it'll work on the iPad as well, and while all we're seeing here is a login screen, that's one enticing login screen.
We're really interested to see what works well with streaming and will be trying just about every genre of game, on every device possible as we explore server-side computing. This is World of Warcraft streamed from a Gaikai server over regular Wifi.
For hardcore World of Warcraft raiding guilds, this could mean an end to bathroom breaks as we know them. You're welcome for the visual.