Gaikai signs Autodesk for multiplatform interface

Gaikai signs Autodesk for multiplatform interface
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

May 23rd 2012 at 1:05AM

Cloud gaming service leverages Scaleform for multitude of devices

With customers now able to stream games to any internet-ready device, Gaikai has signed a deal with Autodesk to use their Scaleform tech to up the ante for user interface across their multi-platform service.

Gaikai makes it possible to play AAA games on any system regardless of specifications by remotely processing game data and relaying the image to the client's screen through the cloud.

With a multitude of devices in a variety of form factors, user interface is a huge hurdle.

But Gaikai is confident that their solution, leveraging Adobe Flash and Autodesk Scaleform, is up to the challenge.

"Gaikai is designed for game developers, publishers and platform partners to deliver the highest quality interactive experiences to any screen on any device, even if the games are impossible to run locally,” said Gaikai CEO David Perry.

“We needed to make everything incredibly flexible and Scaleform middleware’s ease of use and outstanding performance allows our partners to have rich user interface experiences on par with their high-end AAA content.”

A deal announced today makes the partnership between Gaikai and Autodesk official, and the two companies claim this will make it easier for developers to manage and create custom assets for the client front end, storefront, and real time communication with customers.

"We are pleased that Gaikai selected Scaleform to power the UI in their world-class cloud gaming platform," said Marc Stevens, Autodesk's vice president of product management.

"We are excited to see the user experiences that Gaikai and their platform partners develop, as they make video games accessible to a much wider audience than they are today."