Dual Pixels - We knew Sony was holding out on E3 and it's finally surfaced that Sony will officially be acquiring the cloud streaming service Gaikai. To keep the chatter to minimal, here's the official press release below.
O.O Guess it was true!
Yup. There is a SCE press release and everything. (Man, I would swim buck naked in a pile of 380 mil $1's. Just sayin'!)
I'm questioning if it is worth it. Think about it, anyone can pretty much build and employ this technology so why spend $380 million? It's not like Sony needed Gaikai's customers. The Playstation brand is far stronger than Gaikai. @jujubee88: If I had $380 million, I'd buy an Hawaii Island like Larry Ellison of Oracle, and then spend the rest of my time towards investment charity!
Hey, that is a pretty sensible way of spending those riches. You get to be on an island where people do not hunt you or bother you, plus you can donate to a charity you want. (I did not rationalize anything out, I just wrote down a gut feeling of what I would do with that money.) Maybe, it really was not as simple as just spending $380 mil. I think Gaikai have their tech patented (like Onlive), so there must be a reason.
Looks like Sony will now have a presence on PCs, Tablets and Smart Phones. I'm sure all those Apple customers can't wait to be playing Sony exclusive games on their iPads XD
I admit it. Scrooge McDuck came to mind immediately :) Except he's probably swimming in 380 mil $100 dollar bills. He wipes his arse with $1's.
Oh CRAP! Would Samsung Galaxy be the next official PlayStation Mobile Platform Partner!!!! This is too good to be true! If Sony lands PS Mobile on Google hardware its Sayonara to the competition. This is gangstah! Backwards compatibility will be a non issue anymore. Happy times for gaming up ahead. Sony is always one step ahead. More free games.
This is huge news for PlayStation, and shows that Sony are really thinking ahead. I wondered why all the rumours came out before E3 and then we heard nothing at E3, perhaps something will be announced at GamesCom?
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It was bought in shares valued at $380 million though, so there aren't any actual bills. If Sony were to go bankrupt, Gaikai's owners would earn absolutely nothing on this deal, and they're probably not allowed to leave the company or sell the shares for X number of years.
sorry nukeitall but not anyone can do it. onlive has tried but gaikai has less lag an better image quality. if anyone could do it ever one would. sony been leading ever new format and digital distro is the next one.
I called it. Tablets and smart phones. Read my history. Now the question is ps+ equals free access? Or is it free for all psn,....my guess you can buy the games cheap outright and ps+ is beefed up big time. Imagine the demos and trials zero downloads now, and nomore space taken up on my harddrive. I wish i could see microshafts reaction.
Lol - Just dont dive into a vault full of gold.
Massive trolling lol they were denying the whole deal for months already, haha I hope they can come up with something awesome with the so called "future of gaming"... like... Streaming PS2 games on Vita, :drool: Cloud Based Backward Compatibility :O
@ nukeitall To get rid of competition.
It had better pay off. They're in no position to make huge risks without fast, strong rewards.
that would be alot of papercuts.
If Gaikai can deliver PS3 Backwards compatibility to the PS4, then this solves their tech problem with how are Sony gonna deliver B/C with no Cell since they were reportedly using AMD as a CPU/GPU package. The issue wasn't so much the games on disk....but more importantly, was the games everyone purchased in the PSN store. Of course, with a Gaikai service...they can now do both. Awesome :) Edit in..... BUT SONY'S BROKE! SONY DOESN'T HAVE ANY MONEY! *obvious sar* (never mind)
Sony and vita is TEH DOOOOOOMMM!!!!!!!!
This isn't true backwards compatibility though, I thought the same thing pretty much, but Sony will obviously charge people for this "backwards compatibility". So it'll be just like the PS2/PS3, you'll have to pay for the games again. I'd take hardware or emulated backwards compatibility any day of the week.
This is BIG! I've been saying for quite some time now that the PS4 will be Sony's last console. It will cater for the gamer who wants to download from PSN, the gamer that wants a hard copy and the gamer who wants to subscribe (probably with PS+) to new gaming experiences. What this means for the future is that Sony will only have to upgrade server side and there will be no need for another console, just an improved build of PS4, rather like Sky Boxes do now. BC is assured and every Sony branded product will use the cloud in one way or another. People wonder why Sony aren't worried about the Vita... well here's why
Sorry, but PS3 will be Sony's last console. With Cloud Gaming, you don't need much processing power at the gamer's end. PS3 will be more than enough to stream any future-gen cloud games. Gaikai has already hinted that one of the console-makers [Sony] won't be making a new console [PS4]: http://www.industrygamers.c...
Your forgetting the gaming is a world wide industry. While places like the US, Japan and Even the UK in some places will be able to handle the traffic from streaming games. Most places it the world are still very limited if they have any connection at all. I'm sure Sony will be building on such services in future to stay in the game and offer many services, but there will still be a console for many years to come while it's still cost effectve to continue selling to such markets.
I don't see this as a good thing at all. Whatever implementation they are doing, is just another iteration of Gaikai. Did any of you use Gaikai before the merger? Why would you think you would afterwards? Fact of the matter is, with excellent internet connection the experience is still subpar. Heck, I avoid remote desktop or remote control software because it is sloooow. That uses far less bandwidth than say an intensive game that requires lag free input. If you can't even roll out, digital only sale of games on console yet, we are a far way from gaming in the cloud to replace what we have now, let alone in next generation. I don't even see how BC is going to work without charging you more for each game. How are they going to verify you own the game? Have you mail it in? Disc verification isn't likely possible as that needs to be planned in advance. Will this be another PSP Go trade-in fiasco? Waste of money Sony! You could have saved it and build the network out yourself. This isn't rocket technology and is fairly easy to do.
Sure ignore the millions of customers who live in 3rd world countries where internet is a luxury.
@Patriots_Pride Are they really going to be early adopters of a new console? If not then your not really losing out on much. Cheaper old tech would probably make you more money.
Day it goes all digital is the day I quit gaming. One example is I got AC:Revelations at BB for $19.99 new. On PSN it costs $59.99. When the market is cornered prices are going to go through the roof.
@ Tru_Blu I don't think this acquisition is a bad thing. I do agree with your points though. Hopefully there will be enough competition out there to keep things balanced.
One of the best moves Sony ever did. Think of the damn possibilities. Gaikai, even in its current state, is a great service. It's free, it's fast, it's available to many countries as long as you have enough bandwidth. Now imagine being able to literally stream PS3 games like Killzone 3 onto your Vita or like the earlier reports suggested, being able to play PS2 classics like Hitman 2 that cannot be ported to PS3 due to technical difficulties. Whatever Sony is planning, I am sure it is going to be amazing.
omgg yess ,, cant wait for this. This is fucking awesome i always went to the library at school to use gaikai. I hope sony includes that new router N on the slimmer PS3. SONY Rulesssss
This also might mean they'll update the ps3's flash player since gaikai was made to run on a browser.
This "cloud gaming" is not the future of gaming.
Then what is sir?