Sony Buys Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai for $380 Million
The move means that Sony will be bringing some kind of streaming capabilities to its game services. What those capabilities might be, however, hasn’t been detailed yet. Here’s a quote from the story:
As a result of the deal, Sony’s users will be able “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,” said SCE boss Andrew House.
The suggestion is that Sony will be adding some kind of streaming service to its next Playstation console, expected to be announced sometime next year. Not everyone feels that way, though: Wedbush Morgan analyst Micheal Pachter thinks the move is actually about streaming content to Sony’s line of TVs than to its consoles. Other speculation has suggested that Sony will use the capability for backward compatibility and allowing players to stream back-catalog games for older systems. That would allow Sony to get around issues of reworking games designed for old system to work on newer hardware.
We’ll get more information on Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai as it develops.