Sony Buys A Cloud Gaming Service

Sony has today gone out and bought Gaikai, an online cloud gaming service similar to OnLive.

"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," Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement.

"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 internetconnected devices."

Gaikai's CEO David Perry, of Earthworm Jim and Aladdin fame, sold the company for $US380 million.

Sony plans to "establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai's revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centres servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world."

Gaikai's service allows users to play a game on a TV on the "cloud". In other words, an off-site computer actually plays the game, while your actions are streamed to a screen.


    Finally im sick of bulky expensive hardware to play games, let everything be streamed and in the cloud!
    To bad our internet in AUS sucks ass, we will prob be the last people to experience the new age of gaming.

    This is probably a move to allow a unified Playstation gaming platform across all platforms including phones, tablets, TVs and conventional computers also beyond their own branded goods. It hits two birds with one stone, not having to program specific apps for each specific platform and also takes cares of hardware limitations across all devices.

    Isn't this actually pretty big news?

    So... The ps4 will be the last playstation?

    I would have thought this story deserves a slightly more substantial story than this. It's big news.

    I think eventually people will be given the option of 2 separate consoles. Console A will be your traditional console where all the graphical power is in the console and will be most popular to those without insane internet speeds. Console B will be cheaper and a subscription based console, that never needs upgrading and will be most popular to those with insane internet speeds, and is allowed large/unlimited downloads a month.

    I like the idea of it but can't see it being a widely used service for quite some time.

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