Early this morning, Sony announced that it will be acquiring David Perry’s cloud-based gaming company Gaikai to the tune of $380 million.
Sony being the ones to pick up Gaikai is a bit of a surprise, but it isn’t surprising that Gaikai has been sold off. Back in late June, there were reports that Gaikai was actively seeking a buyer, with an asking price of around $500 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,” Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a statement.
It isn’t immediately clear just what Sony intends to use the new service for, so we don’t know if Sony intends to add the service to the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita, or possibly the yet-to-be-revealed PlayStation 4. For all we know, it could be all three.
“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,” House added.
Have you ever tried out a cloud gaming service, be it Gaikai or OnLive?