Since the blog rests easy on the weekends, Sony took advantage of my guard being down, and purchased Gaikai, a cloud based gaming service on June 29th for the sum of $380 Million. I’m going to spare you most of President/Group CEO of SCE Andrew House’s generalized quotes and leave you with his statement on Sony’s plans to “establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai’s revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centers servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world.”
For those not familiar with cloud gaming, it’s a service similar to OnLive, where the machine in charge of running the game is off-site, somewhere in the universe, while you sit and enjoy your game, none the wiser. Recent statements from EA stating they’re “inevitably” going all digital, suggests this move from Sony is not only a move to establish dominance against SmartGlass and Apple TV, but also suggests we’re seeing the birth of a new gaming generation.
Back to the Farm.