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Sony Computer Entertainment is to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world's leading cloud-based gaming company, for approximately $380 million.

"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, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "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."

David Perry, CEO of Gaikai commented: "SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide. We're honoured 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."

With this acquisition, SCE says it will establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai's technology and infrastructure including data centres servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world.

Gaikai was established in 2008.

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It's not clear whether the cloud services will be used on Sony's PlayStation platforms, or if PlayStation software will be delivered to other devices via the cloud.

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osqueen@ Clockpunk

Have a look at StreamMyGame - been using that few years now...
Posted 17:44 on 02 July 2012
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pblive

Whose to say it's a Playstation thing? May well end up just being pushed as PC and Sony TV based? Sony have already got a PC gaming arm.
Posted 11:00 on 02 July 2012
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Woffls

Yup, this was pretty much a given.

This is a bad move (ahahaa) for Sony, because it.. hang on, I'm sure I wrote all this down a while back...

*looks*... yeah I'm just gonna' copy and paste what I said before E3:

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Pretty sure it's Gaikai. I imagine Sony will be getting this into as many of their devices as possible. Preinstalled on Vaio, in your Bravia and PlayStations...

I'm not convinced that Sony can add Gaikai to their SEN infrastructure without creating problems. Once again, it looks like they're throwing ingredients in a pan and hoping it'll just work out.

There's a contradiction here as well. How can Gaikai exist in Sony's marketing plan without cannibalising PlayStation hardware sales? I don't for one second believe that Sony are abandoning PlayStation hardware, because they've invested so much in hardware R&D and it's easy for them to work on.

If they're not marketing Gaikai as a replacement for PlayStation hardware, then they're surely admitting that it's a substandard experience? I'm not sure how SCE will spin that one.
Posted 10:22 on 02 July 2012
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FantasyMeister@ Clockpunk

I see no reason for Sony not to put their entire catalogue up on the service, and whilst I bet the tech is possible for disc recognition to instantly give free access to those titles so you can play anywhere/anywhen, I don't think it'll happen. Sony will probably argue that if they're paying for the service to be available, replete with the necessary infrastructure, then it's only appropriate for customers to pay to access content on it.

The good news is that it's literally a game changer. Given our current broadband infrastructure you could argue they've jumped the gun a bit, but cloud gaming is coming and the fact that Sony have the foresight to buy into the tech early on is a good thing, shows a bit of savvy on their part.
Posted 09:31 on 02 July 2012
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Clockpunk

Meh, as I have said frequently, I have no interest in streaming gaming - or digital rentals for that matter.

Now were the tech to be used for backwards compatibility, if one didn't have to repurchase/rent titles, but could work of disc recognition in a unit to generate a temporary license... *that* would garner my interest.
Posted 09:21 on 02 July 2012
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FantasyMeister

I'm sure Sony smart TVs will benefit from it also, plus any laptops/tablets etc which could have the service bundled at manufacture.

Microsoft to acquire OnLive by the end of 2013's financial year, is my prediction.
Posted 09:10 on 02 July 2012