Sony Buys GaiKai, A Cloud Based Gaming Service

Sony Computer Entertainment has acquired the online gaming startup Gaikai for roughly $380 million. Gaikai provides technology for cloud-based gaming, providing the ability for people to play high-quality games on their desktop computers, tablet devices and televisions. In June, Gaikai announced it would be providing streaming games to Samsung’s Smart TVs without requiring any additional hardware. 

Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment said:

“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.”

So this feeds into the rumours that the Xbox and PS3 would need an active internet coneection to be used, which is unfortunate for some countries. My personal guess is that Microsoft are about to buy OnLive, the rival cloud based gaming service. Stick with us to see if I'm right!