Sony acquires cloud-streaming service Gaikai

By on July 3, 2012
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Sony boosts its cloud gaming capabilities with a $380 million purchase.


Sony plans to acquire Gaikai, it announced yesterday, a move said to boost the company’s cloud-service capabilities. Gaikai enables users to stream games on their PC or other supported devices like smartphones or tablets directly from a server, requiring no installation on the user’s end whatsoever. While specifics to the deal have not been revealed, Sony did say it will be investing $380 million into the acquisition.

According to Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House, Gaikai’s service will allow its 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 is unclear how Sony will implement Gaikai into its products, but integration with its Bravia TV lineup and it’s range of tablet device seems like a possibility. PlayStation 4? That’s another beast entirely and something for discussion at a later time.

While the deal has been announced, Sony noted that it still has to undergo “certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions” before handshakes and congratulations can be passed.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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