GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Sony has announced plans to acquire cloud gaming outfit Gaikai for $380m.
Gaikai is an open cloud gaming service that enables users to play PC and console games via the cloud from a web page or internet connected device.
Following Sony's acquisition, the service is likely to come with the firm's next generation console, the Playstation 4, offering customers an alternative to cloud-based rival Onlive. It's still not certain how the Japanese electronics and entertainment company will make use of Gaikai, but rumours are already suggesting that Sony plans to make its next console disc-less.
"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 Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
"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."
Gaikai CEO David Perry added, "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 breath-taking new experiences to users worldwide." µ