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Sony to Acquire Gaikai for $380 million |

Sony Computer Entertainment SCE annunced that they will acquire Gaikai Inc., a leading interactive cloud gaming company for about 380 million dollars. Through the acquisition, SCE says that they “will establish a new cloud service, ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences.” What this means for the future of PlayStation, including a possible PS4 console, or lack thereof, is still uncertain, and probably will be for some time. I actually played around with Gaikai at E3 and was quite impressed.

“By combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices.”

“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc. “We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud and to continue to grow their ecosystem, to empower developers with new capabilities, to dramatically improve the reach of exciting content and to bring breathtaking new experiences to users worldwide.”

Established in 2008 and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, Gaikai has developed the highest quality, fastest interactive cloud-streaming platform in the world that enables the streaming of quality games to a wide variety of devices via the internet. With this acquisition, SCE will establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai’s revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centers servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world.

Source: Press Release

  • Niice !
    I tested Gaikai a few weeks ago and was also impressed by the gameplay fluidity.
    PS2 software emulation via the cloud coming for the PS3 ? 😀

  • Cheeto

    We are talking PlayStation games on tablets, Sony/Ericsson phones, PC, Samsung TVs, iOS devices, PlayStation 3 and possibly 4. I tested the service myself and it is indeed solid. Although I am voting for an all digital next generation, but this Cloud thing is scary. I can’t imagine running full games on my 4mb broadband connection …

  • ps4 is gonna be interesting

  • Luke

    Pretty interesting move on SONY’s part. I take it that MS is going to buy OnLive any day now.

  • So what is Gaikai? Or what does “interactive cloud service” entail?

  • @premiersoupir: Renting games that are streamed to your device. All the computing is done on their end, and you get the video signal. Your device is the input and the screen, Gakai takes care of everything else.

    Interesting concept, but spending $380 million after posting a huge loss, and on tech that would need us to have a STEADY 10 MB (capital B) to be able to play games at the same quality as we get from our PS3… yeah, nice pipe dream.

  • With that money I would buy the bunny ranch in vegas and have tons of cash left over

  • Luke

    @EdEN I agree that spending that kind of money after a loss isn’t a great idea but your forgetting how much exposure they will bring if done correctly. Every Smart TV, Android Tablet, iPad, every Smart Phone being branded by SONY? Not a bad idea at all.

    My internet connection used to be 6mb and it ran just fine, so no need for the 10 your saying, plus every year the ISP’s throw more bandwidth at us, so it’s only a matter of time before everyone can do this.

    Also think about it, what would happen if MS bought this instead of them? They would really be screwed. Every game that is made exclusive to the Xbox will stay exclusive but look at the game Alan Wake. It isn’t only exclusive to the Xbox, it’s PC and Xbox, so now SONY fans would get a chance to try it.

  • @Luke: Indeed… but how soon? For TVs it would need to be 2013 at the earliest, and we’re forgetting that there would still need to be some processing on the TV itself, which will add to the cost, which will be reflected at retail. It is indeed a preemptive strike against MS, but they can just buy OnLive and it is on.

  • @EdEN: Thanks for the explanation!

  • Eddie

    It’s a good investment if they make the right moves with the company.

  • future of PSN +

  • Jay

    So THIS was the deal they had that I posted about before E3. I guess there was some truth to it after all, despite both parties claiming otherwise at the time.

    Still, it will be interesting to see where it goes. Just because they own the company now, that doesn’t mean it would trickle down to console platforms, but there is always that hope, right?