If ever there was a sign that the gaming world is slowly-but-surely moving up to the clouds; this could be it. Sony Computer Entertainment(SCE) has bought cloud gaming company Gaikai for $380 million. SCE president Andrew House stated:
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.
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.
You may have already used Gaikai’s services. Gaikai has partnered with the likes of Samsung and WikiPad, and its service has been used to host games from EA and Ubisoft.
“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” added Gaikai CEO David Perry.”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.”
A month ago, Perry told GamesIndustry International that for someone to acquire Gaikai would be a no brainer:
“When you think about the big picture, which company wouldn’t want to partner or own a company like Gaikai?”
What do you all think? Is Sony’s not-so-subtle move into the cloud a win or fail in your eyes? Let us know!