Sony to Start Cloud Gaming

Today, Sony has announced that they have bought Gaikai Inc, a leading cloud-based gaming company. The deal was for approximately USD $380 million.

Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. states: “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.”

David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc. also states: “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.”

There have been no concrete details about what this could mean for PlayStation, but it does allow for some speculation:

– No more taking time out of your day to install patches or firmwares.

– The ability to play PSOne, PS2, and PSP games instantly on current and future gen devices.

– Instant demos and trailers.

– The PS4 could be entirely on the cloud.

– Potentially playing PlayStation games on numerous devices, including cell phones and tablets.

These are only speculations and Sony has yet to confirm any of them.

What do you all think cloud gaming brings to PlayStation? What are you hoping for? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Ramen_4_Life

    I’m personally not too excited about cloud gaming, because I prefer to have a tangible copy of my games (either on disc or on my hard drive).

    Overall, this could give Sony a huge advantage going into the next console cycle. It will all come down to three things: Marketing, Content, & Pricing. I would imagine PS+ users would get some incentives with the last two, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  • fireponrome

    Boom goes the dynamite.  

  • I see a lot of potential with this. Hope this benefits all of the PlayStation gamers out there.

  • macho555

    This is definitely an interesting twist, but if there’s one thing I DON’T want to see, its the PS4 being entirely on the cloud. I can’t even imagine the nonsense we’d have to deal with when servers went down, the pricing issues, not to mention personal internet use. A great deal of people don’t have internet fast enough for that kind of thing. I’m with Ramen_4_Life, I’d much rather have a disc or hard drive copy.

    Imagine if when the whole hacking debacle happened with the PS3 if you couldn’t access any of your games because they needed to go through the internet?

    I doubt that they would go that route, but the idea of it is enough to give me pause. Hopefully it will be a nice little rental service, or PlayStation enabled TV’s maybe, like OnLive was planning.

    • Ramen_4_Life

      Well said, macho. I can just imagine someone coming home from work, looking to get their Killzone / Battlefield / COD multiplayer match on, and as soon as they boot up their PS4, they see the following:

      “PSN is currently undergoing maintenance…”

      No multiplayer. Not even a brief spin in the single-player campaign,… or any other game to pass the time. Cue Sad Panda Face.

      If Sony is going to make this deal with Gaikai work, they CANNOT put all of their eggs in the cloud basket. That’s a long ways off, though.

  • Derek / Beaver6622

    Cloud gaming is a long ways away from being mainstream. Even though a large amount of PS3’s sold are connected to the internet, I don’t think people have the speeds nor the bandwith to make it a viable option. I like the idea of old games and demos but nothing will ever beat interacting with a console that’s mere feet away.

  • Matthew Krieger

    sounds cool, can’t wait to see what the future holds.