Sony Computer Entertainment today announced the acquisition of cloud-based gaming leader Gaikai, solidifying Sony’s place as the premier provider of cloud based, streaming games.
Now, I know that this whole cloud based gaming thing is still new and a lot of people are very unsure about how the technology is going to pan out in the long run.
When we were at E3, I had a chance to look at Gaikai’s service and, let me tell you…It was pretty impressive!
What we got to see was a presentation in which they were streaming up games in seconds. Dragon Age 2 went from nothing to playable in less than a couple of minutes and was running in HD resolution at 60 frames per second on an old computer and World of Warcraft was being played with high graphics settings on a tablet. They also showed us the ability to stream up full version games on smart-tv’s in the same amount of time and with the same impressive results.
So what does this mean for the industry? Well, it seems like SCE is planning on using the service for Sony titles and Playstation games, which makes sense of course. I don’t see the possibility of them offering titles from other console manufacturers or being able to license “games for Windows” titles but…who knows.
What I believe this does mean is the potential for a paradigm shift in PC gaming. Since users of the service will be able to run high end graphics at 60 frames per second on low end machines, with no need for fancy video cards or massive processors, it will mean that the world of PC gaming will open up to many more people which could, of course, shake things up for the console gamin industry.
I think this could be a wonderful thing…A little competition means a LOT of innovation.
Lets just hope Sony does it right…for the sake of the gamers, as well as the $380 million bucks Sony dropped on the deal.
Here’s some of what Sony had to say about the deal.
“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 Inc. “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.”
By the way, when they say variety – they MEAN variety. And a word from Gaikai’s CEO;
“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc., “We’re honored 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 breathtaking new experiences to users worldwide.”