Sony Acquires Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai
July 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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The acquisition cost was $380 million
Sony Computer Entertainment has purchased cloud gaming company Gaikai for about $380 million.
The latest acquisition is meant to build on Sony's gaming platforms, but it is currently unclear how the company will use Gaikai's technology. Some potential applications, however, could be bringing older PlayStation titles to the PlayStation 3 and Vita via the cloud.
Gaikai is also capable of delivering cloud-based gaming services to PCs, smartphones, tablets and
"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, Sony Computer Entertainment's President and Group CEO. "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."
Gaikai, which was founded in 2008, was reportedly looking for a buyer last month to spend around $500 million.
"SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide," said David Perry, Gaikai CEO. "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."
Back in May, Sony announced that it wouldn't go with a
digital download-only model
for its next generation PlayStation console. The company said it would stick with the optical drive instead of going with a download-only setup, showing that it will stay dedicated to physical games from video stores. However, this new step into cloud gaming shows that Sony is willing to move its gaming into the digital space too (aside from downloads from its PlayStation Store).
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RE: Mobile gaming
7/3/2012 2:50:10 PM
I don't look forward to it either. I think the bandwidth/connectivity issues will be worked out over the next 10 years for the most part, but the one issue I cannot accept is the level of control they will (and do) have over your game. StarCraft 2 isn't cloud-based, but it does require a server connection to BattleNet even if you're playing with a friend in the next room. Server outages are one thing, but the worst part in my mind is they have the right to cut off your account at any time for any number of reasons. Now I don't cheat or anything, but the idea that I pay them $60 to buy a game and then am at their mercy to decide that I can or can't play that game anymore is outrageous. Yes, they can cut you off from even playing a 1-player game. The other inevitable circumstance is when they decide to stop hosting StarCraft 2 servers entirely. Forget about a nostalgic game with your friends 15 years from now. And it's all done in the name of stopping piracy. I dread the coming cloud.
RE: Mobile gaming
7/3/2012 2:54:49 PM
I forgot to mention forced updates... GRRR... Can't tell you how frustrating it is to have every unit in the game constantly castrated because some whiner thinks its too powerful. I loved C&C3's ability to choose to play a game with any of the patch versions you had installed. And on the older C&C I liked to play with the original unpatched version because Nod had those awesome cheap $250 turrets hehe!
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