Gaikai, the cloud-streamed video game service, has been bought by Sony for a sum of $380 million. Gaikai was something we were all interested in for quite a while, with some extremely impressive list of tech demos that pretty much floored quite a bunch of people with its ease of use for playing games on low-end systems. Thus, the acquisition by Sony makes us a little uneasy.
Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House said that the service will bring about revolutionary change with Sony’s video games – with several of them available for play off the cloud on different Sony peripherals such as Sony TVs, the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita.
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. 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.
However, knowing Sony and how it treats things it acquires, it will not be inconceivable to consider that Gaikai will no longer be fee-free and it may be one of those premium services offered on the PlayStation Network.
So, sure, on one side it helps bring about some great change in the way video games are played… but at what cost?