Gaikai and Wikipad Team Up on Gaming-Focused Tablet

Streaming-game service Gaikai has announced that it has teamed up with Wikipad for a gaming-focused tablet. Gaikai offers high-quality console-gaming through the cloud, while Wikipad features gamepad-like controls (pictured below) that envelop a tablet PC. Gaikai games on Wikipad can also be viewed on televisions that support WiDi.

Gaikai’s tech is extremely impressive. From what I’ve seen and played, Gaikai is able to offer top-of-the-line graphics via streaming. Keep in mind that the demos I’ve seen were under optimum conditions. Your experience will vary based on your Internet connection.

Wikipad was announced at CES 2012 and currently doesn’t have a release date. The company claims that its tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen, a quad-core processor, and an optional wireless 3G module.

Both companies face stiff challenges. Traditional console gamers still favor boxed products (which seems insane to me, personally). ISPs that enforce tight bandwidth caps or throttle bandwidth are problematic for Gaikai. As for Wikipad, tablet PCs being made by well-known companies like Asus, Motorola, and Samsung are struggling. It’s going to be tough for a newcomer to compete.

What do you think of the partnership between Gaikai and Wikipad? Are you down for Gaikai gaming on a tablet made specifically for gamers?