Gaikai Cloud Service on a Sony Console
Sony has confirmed its plans to acquire the cloud gaming service Gaikai for a lump sum of $380 million. Why you wonder? Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, shed a bit more light on the matter.
Mr. House mentioned that Sony is currently aiming to create a new cloud service which will allow users to experience a wide variety of content "instantly" on the go from pretty much any internet connected devices; the content would range from HD movies and videos to hard core 3D games.
There were a lot of rumors going about this deal all the way to E3 this year where sources were claiming that Sony was trying to significantly improve its cloud gaming support. Gaikai's service has been quite sought after recently; not so long ago they teamed up with Samsung to allow users to stream games directly on to their Samsung TVs via a built-in app.
What makes the situation a bit weird is the fact that recent reports suggests that Gaikai is planning to sell off the company for a sum of $500 million (a mere $120 million less than what they got from Sony). I guess we have to wait and see if that is true and what would be its consequences.
For now, no specific details regarding how Sony would actually utilize Gaikai's server has been mentioned. David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, had this to say about the matter, Sony is aiming to "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."
I guess we should be excited? Although the deal has been confirmed, it is yet to be finalized. Seems there are a few more regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions still left to be tackled. But all we gamers care is about how is it going to make our gaming experience better. Don't make us wait too long to find out Sony!
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Blog Written by Shahriar Azad