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Sony hasn't and isn't in the process of acquiring cloud gaming firm Gaikai, despite strong pre-E3 rumours that such a deal was set to take place.

Gaikai boss Dave Perry told Eurogamer: "I wasn't even at the Sony press conference. I was sitting in my hotel room, and I know everyone was like, 'Oh my god, are they going to announce cloud gaming?' And I was like, 'No, they're not going to announce cloud gaming.' I wasn't even there!"

But could an announcement take place outside of E3? "No, no," said Perry, but he can't see a console future that doesn't involve cloud gaming.

"To give you my real take on it, I honestly can't think of a future for the console companies that don't include cloud gaming at some point. They can hold out as long as they want to, but at some point, you don't want to be the console that can't do this. To some extent, I expect all three of them will have this."

And Perry hopes Gaikai will be right at the heart of any such cloud gaming future.

"I've been meeting with them constantly, evangelising how far we've come - 'you really should take this seriously'," he said. "Let's just say they're listening, and always have been. You see them when you go to conferences, we see them listening very intently - 'how's this going, where's this going?'"

He concluded: "We're trying to be Switzerland in all of this, so we're not competing with anyone. Samsung and LG are using our service, too. We're just like, to some extent, the arms dealer. But we have to stay Switzerland - we can't end up competing with anyone. I would like to see all of them use Gaikai, that's my fantasy, right? It would be cool."

You can actually play game demos using Gaikai right here on

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Originally Posted by James Orry
You can actually play game demos using Gaikai right here on

This is what I struggle to understand about Gaikai. It's just not as good as "You can play full games by using Onlive by clicking here.

There are massive differences between the two services, aside from full games (and unlimited 30 minute demos of every game on the service at no cost) OnLive also offer the full self-contained community with chat, brag clips, achievements and everything else without having to go anywhere else and seems miles ahead of Gaikai. It's like an all-in-one PSN/Live/Steam service and a one-stop-shop for everything required.

So I always struggle to understand how Gaikai stay in business. I'm guessing Dave Perry doing the pitching helps?
Posted 16:41 on 07 June 2012
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