Perhaps our iPads aren't as tied to the App Store's selection of games as some of us might have come to believe. Leave it to David Perry, founder of Shiny Entertainment, to change our perception.

In a post on his blog, the Gaikai co-founder revealed a picture of a prototype version of his browser-based streaming service working on an iPad. The game he chose to show off with it? Blizzard Entertainment's ever-popular PC MMO World of Warcraft.

Gaikai proper is a cloud-based browser-binded streaming service. The goal is to move consumers away from installs and having to upgrade their computers with parts. Gaikai's servers hosts the game, and all of its files, and streams them into browsers. This allows users to get the full game experience without hassle.

Gaikai is currently in beta.

Speaking with Eurogamer's Digital Foundry about the image of World of Warcraft running on the new Apple device, Perry revealed that it's running in 1024-by-768. He also revealed other details, and called the picture a "teaser."

"All iPad inputs are streamed through a translation system to the server, so we can re-map anything to anything in real-time. We hide a virtual keyboard off to the side, so you can type as well (like to login). It's just a teaser as the iPad just arrived, once they are done with the video optimization we will show it off."

This isn't the first time we've seen World of Warcraft running on an Apple handheld. Last year we watched a video of the MMO running on an iPhone courtesy of the Vollee client which promises to be able to do what Gaikai will do for PCs, but in our phones instead.

According to Digital Foundry, Gaikai for the iPad is a ground-up, HTML5-designed effort. If Gaikai, as an app, ever progresses beyond this tantalizing prototype stage, it's hard to tell if Apple will clear it as an App Store purchase. We don't need to lick a frog to predict that it'll at least experience some sort of scrutiny.

"I'd prefer to play World of Warcraft on my iPad more than just about any app they (Apple) permit. I'm not sure blocking great stuff is a good strategy," Perry told Pocket Gamer in a recent chat.

"I guess the point is that once we get our player written for iPad, we can run absolutely anything on it that same day."

Until that fateful day, though, we can just drool and wish.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    As long as it's a streaming application (like youtube) and does not run executable code within the device, I see no reason why Apple would reject it. Same goes for the OnLive service.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    As long as it's a streaming application (like youtube) and does not run executable code within the device, I see no reason why Apple would reject it. Same goes for the OnLive service.

  • Cookies

    This could just be the greatest Idea ever. I know some "people" who would buy an iPad just for this.

    • Postalp

      I also know a "person" who would buy an ipad for this too

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        I too know a "person"... not really had to be said lol

  • Cookies

    This could just be the greatest Idea ever. I know some "people" who would buy an iPad just for this.

    • Postalp

      I also know a "person" who would buy an ipad for this too

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        I too know a "person"... not really had to be said lol

  • MrPumpkin

    Id like to see Adobe Flash try and pull this one out

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Funny enough though, if they can get a game running through streaming. Then nothing is stopping them from running a web browser. Thus Adobe Flash for iPad is born!!!!!

  • MrPumpkin

    Id like to see Adobe Flash try and pull this one out

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Funny enough though, if they can get a game running through streaming. Then nothing is stopping them from running a web browser. Thus Adobe Flash for iPad is born!!!!!

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Yeah because THAT is World of Warcraft.

    That's like saying you played "Doom" on an iPad when you reach the Level Selection Screen.

    Sorry guys, I know there's 3D and everything going on in that Splash Screen but who the f*** are you kidding here?

    What's even worse is that this could very well be a simply Screenshot shown on an iPad. How gullible are you folks exactly?

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Not only that, but if this was real... I wouldn't really want to go and type in my WoW username and password on a unofficial Blizzard application. Sounds like your asking to be hacked.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Well, that's a little bit like pretending that you're pregnant, isn't it?. Sure, you can get away with it for a while, but eventually people are going to wonder where's the hell is the baby.

      If they're showing screenshots, my guess is that they have a system to back up their claims. Otherwise it would just be a matter of time before they were revealed as liars.

      • Cookies

        That's a fair point too because most of these developers really want to show off their stuff, and if it's "contraband" (in a sense) then why not do it discretely like leaking it. Apple accidentally leaks new stuff all the time, so this is (okay crap example) still possible.

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Search the net for "HardOCP" and "lawsuit".

        Or "vaporware".

        Or just look at yesterday's news and read about Microsoft not turning "Courier" into a real product.

        Or, to stay in the iPhone realm of things, show me that famous arcade controller TouchArcade has now written about about ten times.

        And again it's so god damn easy to just make a screenshot of ANY game and just use the photo app on the iPad to display that screenshot. It's not even going to be blurry because you simply make the screenie on a PC in 1024x768 resolution, the native res of the iPad.

        I can tell you exactly why people would want this to show up:

        - to brag about it (see people who claim they made a jailbreak and then failed to deliver)
        - to get money (see people who package free jailbreaks into their "own" software and sell it on the net, or, as another example, people who want to attract venture capital firms to invest in their company - see HardOCP above)
        - to attract other programmers to join their effort (the software is actually real but pre-pre-pre-alpha, they are absolutely unable to finish it themselves and need some kind of magical programming guru to join their effort and only go public to get somebody who can acutally do it to join their team - and most likely tell them it's impossible, project dies right after those people who actually can program make it public that they saw it and thought it wasn't going to happen)

        This way or the other I don't believe this unless I am getting video AND that video is from a source I can trust, namely an author of a website I trust.

        For instance: I only believe Project Natal will turn into an actual product because I trust Boris Schneider-Johne.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        I know about vaporware (really, who doesn't?). There's a difference between a project being previewed then cancelled, which happens often enough for legitimate reasons, and David Perry (the freaking developer of Earthworm Jim, among others) putting together a fake screen and pretending to be playing WoW on an iPad. It's one thing to be skeptical -- a healthy thing -- and another to be a paranoid crank.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Yeah because THAT is World of Warcraft.

    That's like saying you played "Doom" on an iPad when you reach the Level Selection Screen.

    Sorry guys, I know there's 3D and everything going on in that Splash Screen but who the f*** are you kidding here?

    What's even worse is that this could very well be a simply Screenshot shown on an iPad. How gullible are you folks exactly?

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      Not only that, but if this was real... I wouldn't really want to go and type in my WoW username and password on a unofficial Blizzard application. Sounds like your asking to be hacked.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Well, that's a little bit like pretending that you're pregnant, isn't it?. Sure, you can get away with it for a while, but eventually people are going to wonder where's the hell is the baby.

      If they're showing screenshots, my guess is that they have a system to back up their claims. Otherwise it would just be a matter of time before they were revealed as liars.

      • Cookies

        That's a fair point too because most of these developers really want to show off their stuff, and if it's "contraband" (in a sense) then why not do it discretely like leaking it. Apple accidentally leaks new stuff all the time, so this is (okay crap example) still possible.

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Search the net for "HardOCP" and "lawsuit".

        Or "vaporware".

        Or just look at yesterday's news and read about Microsoft not turning "Courier" into a real product.

        Or, to stay in the iPhone realm of things, show me that famous arcade controller TouchArcade has now written about about ten times.

        And again it's so god damn easy to just make a screenshot of ANY game and just use the photo app on the iPad to display that screenshot. It's not even going to be blurry because you simply make the screenie on a PC in 1024x768 resolution, the native res of the iPad.

        I can tell you exactly why people would want this to show up:

        - to brag about it (see people who claim they made a jailbreak and then failed to deliver)
        - to get money (see people who package free jailbreaks into their "own" software and sell it on the net, or, as another example, people who want to attract venture capital firms to invest in their company - see HardOCP above)
        - to attract other programmers to join their effort (the software is actually real but pre-pre-pre-alpha, they are absolutely unable to finish it themselves and need some kind of magical programming guru to join their effort and only go public to get somebody who can acutally do it to join their team - and most likely tell them it's impossible, project dies right after those people who actually can program make it public that they saw it and thought it wasn't going to happen)

        This way or the other I don't believe this unless I am getting video AND that video is from a source I can trust, namely an author of a website I trust.

        For instance: I only believe Project Natal will turn into an actual product because I trust Boris Schneider-Johne.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        I know about vaporware (really, who doesn't?). There's a difference between a project being previewed then cancelled, which happens often enough for legitimate reasons, and David Perry (the freaking developer of Earthworm Jim, among others) putting together a fake screen and pretending to be playing WoW on an iPad. It's one thing to be skeptical -- a healthy thing -- and another to be a paranoid crank.

  • Nightmoore

    Um, no. There are other services out there trying to do this with console gaming and it's not gonna work. No way. Especially with a game like WoW that has latency talking to their servers. Now add another huge layer of latency on top of that to "stream" what you see? You can't even PvP on WoW with over 300 latency (ping) effectively anyhow. And no keyboard? Come on. Until the client is local software on the device (which can't happen....the hardware's 3D capabilities can't push it), this is a pipe dream. There's a huge difference between "seeing some WoW on the screen" and actually making it playable.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      At the very minimum they could have a good app for the auction house before Blizzard releases theirs. Like how there was an Armory app before Blizzard did one.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I would suggest that you watch the video from the OnLive CEO (it's somewhere in the archives here) to understand how these services actually work. Don't know much about Gaikai specifically, but OnLive has certainly made it clear how they intend to bypass all the issues that you've listed.

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Sure. You have to live in the vicinity of the servers (e.g. 20 Mile Radius to keep the ping low) and you have to have a machine that's not exactly worth 5000 bucks but rather 1500.

        OnLive is going to be a stillbirth because all their tricks to make it playable limit their customer base to a tiny fraction of people who own a computer.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Watch the video again: you didn't quite get it.

  • Nightmoore

    Um, no. There are other services out there trying to do this with console gaming and it's not gonna work. No way. Especially with a game like WoW that has latency talking to their servers. Now add another huge layer of latency on top of that to "stream" what you see? You can't even PvP on WoW with over 300 latency (ping) effectively anyhow. And no keyboard? Come on. Until the client is local software on the device (which can't happen....the hardware's 3D capabilities can't push it), this is a pipe dream. There's a huge difference between "seeing some WoW on the screen" and actually making it playable.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      At the very minimum they could have a good app for the auction house before Blizzard releases theirs. Like how there was an Armory app before Blizzard did one.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I would suggest that you watch the video from the OnLive CEO (it's somewhere in the archives here) to understand how these services actually work. Don't know much about Gaikai specifically, but OnLive has certainly made it clear how they intend to bypass all the issues that you've listed.

      • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

        Sure. You have to live in the vicinity of the servers (e.g. 20 Mile Radius to keep the ping low) and you have to have a machine that's not exactly worth 5000 bucks but rather 1500.

        OnLive is going to be a stillbirth because all their tricks to make it playable limit their customer base to a tiny fraction of people who own a computer.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Watch the video again: you didn't quite get it.

  • Synther

    Wow won't work on an ipad. If you want to play wow at home, you'll play it on PC because of the hotkeys, and if ur on the road you probably don't have enough time for it.

  • Synther

    Wow won't work on an ipad. If you want to play wow at home, you'll play it on PC because of the hotkeys, and if ur on the road you probably don't have enough time for it.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Meh. You can't play WoW effectively without keyboard shortcuts. This will never fly.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Meh. You can't play WoW effectively without keyboard shortcuts. This will never fly.

  • http://yogamen.net yoman

    just a VNC..

  • http://yogamen.net yoman

    just a VNC..

  • Shniderio

    I personally can't wait until Final Fantasy XIV comes out and will be very much interested to see if this concept would be used for that as well. I do not own an iPad and I don't care to have one. But if Gaikai could be run on an iPhone 3GS (or the newer model coming out)... Well that would draw a lot more people into using this service. I imagine there will be a monthly fee for this when it comes out of beta.

  • Shniderio

    I personally can't wait until Final Fantasy XIV comes out and will be very much interested to see if this concept would be used for that as well. I do not own an iPad and I don't care to have one. But if Gaikai could be run on an iPhone 3GS (or the newer model coming out)... Well that would draw a lot more people into using this service. I imagine there will be a monthly fee for this when it comes out of beta.

  • http://Runescape.com Neil

    This reminds me of a current application on my itouch that allows me to play runescape by streaming. Cloudbrowse was on the app store for a short time, and playing games would be much easier if they added arrow keys to the iPhone keyboard up left right down

  • http://Runescape.com Neil

    This reminds me of a current application on my itouch that allows me to play runescape by streaming. Cloudbrowse was on the app store for a short time, and playing games would be much easier if they added arrow keys to the iPhone keyboard up left right down

  • Mike

    My Boss says he saw Warcraft on the iPad. It's been over a month since the last response here - it is true yet? Was he deceived?

    I'm a Flash programmer who is being forced to learn HTML5 for the future, and I told him that HTML5 can't do everything that Flash can yet... and he was like "I don't know.... they did Warcraft in HTML5 for the iPad..."

    So, where's it at? Is he just mistaken?

  • Mike

    My Boss says he saw Warcraft on the iPad. It's been over a month since the last response here - it is true yet? Was he deceived?

    I'm a Flash programmer who is being forced to learn HTML5 for the future, and I told him that HTML5 can't do everything that Flash can yet... and he was like "I don't know.... they did Warcraft in HTML5 for the iPad..."

    So, where's it at? Is he just mistaken?

  • PETNAHM

    u need to alow urself bruv its gona work simples unless petnah come fuk orff ur head lyk shit on a bagel i trust u to shut ur dat ass off b4 dem mans come clashh wif u. PETNAHM!!! <<< (PECKAHMMM)

  • PETNAHM

    u need to alow urself bruv its gona work simples unless petnah come fuk orff ur head lyk shit on a bagel i trust u to shut ur dat ass off b4 dem mans come clashh wif u. PETNAHM!!! <<< (PECKAHMMM)

  • Mike

    So yeah... is this possible or what?

  • Mike

    So yeah... is this possible or what?