Monday, July 9, 2012

Sony Buys Cloud Gaming Service "Gaikai" for $380 Million

Sony recently bought Gaikai, a cloud gaming service, which leads to a lot of speculation. Here are some quotes from both sides of the deal.

“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.”

This is a HUGE step for Sony. It opens up a giant window of opportunity for them. They could allow purchases of cloud-based games (kind of like OnLive) for the rumored PlayStation 4, which can be big! For users with a decent internet connection, cloud gaming could be wonderful. No need to go to the store, no need for a big HDD either. 

It could also have to do with Sony's smart TVs. Maybe we'll be able to purchase PlayStation 1, 2, and 3 games!

Good move Sony, maybe with the rest of your budget you can help the American government recover from debt.


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