Published on July 2nd, 2012 | by Adam Vjestica2
Sony Acquires Cloud Gaming Platform Gaikai For $380m
Three Hundred And Eighty Million US Dollars!
Sony Computer Entertainment have their heads in the clouds today, as they’ve just announced the acquisition of the cloud gaming platform, Gaikai, for approximately $380 million dollars (that’s about 634,391 launch price PS3′s to put things into perspective!).
Sony plans to use Gaikai’s technology and expertise to create a new cloud service, with the acquisition including all of Gaikai’s technology and infrastructure, granting Sony immediate access to a large network of established datacentres to stream content to its users.
“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, group CEO of SCE.
“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 Gaikai CEO David Perry.
“We’re honoured 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.”
Rumours had been circulating prior to Sony’s 2012 E3 conference that a partnership with Gaikai had already been formed; with many industry experts having speculated that Gakai’s cloud technology could form an important part of the upcoming PlayStation 4. Those previous predications will have certainly been strengthened by today’s announcement.
Will Microsoft follow suit with a buy-out of Gaikai’s cloud streaming rival, OnLive? Let the next-gen wars commence!