There’s this little cloud streaming service called Gaikai that you might have heard of. Sony just announced that they’ve bought the four-year-old company for $380 million. Gaikai is similar to OnLive, a company that offers subscription based game streaming. Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai is in its entirety; they now own all of the company’s technology and infrastructure, which includes numerous server centres capable of providing the cloud streaming service to companies all over the world.
The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House, had this to say on the future of Sony’s services: “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.”
It’s still early days, but there’s potential for some big things here. It’s been rumoured that a cloud streaming service will be part of the PlayStation 4. It’s also been suggested that cloud streaming is how Sony plans to incorporate backwards compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games in the future.