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.