It was heavily rumoured that Sony would be penning a deal with either Gaikai or OnLive cloud gaming services at E3. Sony did not confirm the news at E3 and Gaikai then denied the existence of a deal with Sony.
Sony has now entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gaikai.
“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,” said SCE President and CEO Andrew House
“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.”
The 380 million USD acquisition for Sony could definitively mean that the cloud gaming service will be a primary focus for Sony’s next generation console.
Gaikai CEO David Perry acknowledges that Sony has established an “incredible brand” with PlayStation and says SCE “has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide.”
“We’re honoured 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,” states Perry.