Sony Buys Gaikai Cloud Gaming Service

July 2, 2012

In May we posted a rumour regarding Sony getting involved in CloudGaming, when E3 arrived, we waited for some word regarding this story, but nothing was mention, but it appears that on Friday Sony have went ahead and bought Gaikai for $380 million, here is a quote from VG24/7:

It’s been confirmed that Sony has bought Gaikai, David Perry’s cloud gaming service, for $380 million.

As a result of the deal, Sony’s users will be able “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,” said SCE boss Andrew House.

Said Gaikai founder David Perry: “Sony has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide.

“We’re honored to be able to help Sony 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.”

The buy will be seen as a key indicator of how the console market will develop in the next generation. Both PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox are expected to release in 2013.

Source VG24/7
Official press Release.

Im sure you have heard me(GregoryRasputin) harp on about Onlive, the difference between Onlive and GaiKai, is that Gaikai can run through your computers web browser, will this be implemented into the PS3, will the PS3′s web browser be powerful enough, will we see a new PS3 web browser or will GaiKai bypass the console all together, here is a video of GaiKai in action on Chrome:

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