New Streaming Services On Way For Sony Customers
It was a headline that we expected to see emerge from E3, but the much-rumoured move has finally happened. This morning Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they had acquired online cloud gaming service Gaikai for the sum of $380 Million. The move will apparently birth a new streaming service, which Sony hopes to keep them ahead of the pack in regards to movement within the industry.
"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 in a press release issued this morning. "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."
"SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide," said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai."We're honored 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."
All that remains is for us to wait and see what will transpire from the acquisition. Will Sony begin to stream classic PS2 titles to PS3 customers? Will time-restricted demos of the latest games appear on the PSN, or will a monthly pass to play certain games be the battle plan? Will PC gamers already on the Gaikai service be given access to the Playstation library? Time to put your speculation hats on, folks.