VentureBeat today, Walmart is now hosting the option to stream a demo from their site using Gaikai as part of their newly launched Game Center site.
Currently all the site is offering a demo for is Dead Space 2. Like OnLive, your computer specs are irrelevant. All the processing is being done on a separate terminal miles away. All that matters is your Internet speed. You need a good one for it to run so that there will be minimal lag, or run at all, for that matter..
Gaikai says that more games are on the way as they set up deals. "Over the next 12 months, when people see a video game on TV and want to try it out, they can be sure the fastest way will be on Walmart's website," said chief executive of Gaikai David Perry. "It's an exciting time and you'll see more sites around the world doing these stealth launches with us."
I wasn't able to get the demo to work (my connection's too slow), but the concept is definitely brilliant. Demo's like this are easily the best demonstration of cloud gaming yet. OnLive, as of yet, hasn't got anything like this set up, though it'll be interesting to see how they retaliate. Same with GameStop, whom 1UP reports will likely develop something similar in light of their acquisition of streaming tech company Spwan Labs and game's distributor Impulse.