Sony Computer Entertainment announced they purchased Gaikai, a cloud gaming service run by Earthworm Jim creator David Perry, for approximately $380 million. Gaikai processes games on servers and streams the data into web browsers and other devices like tablets and mobile phones. Games like Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Crysis 2, and Alan Wake run on Gaikai.
"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," Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, said.
"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."
While no specific plans have been announced, what do you think of the idea of enhanced remote play where you can run say a PS3 game in the cloud and play it on another device? Or a cloud based backwards compatibility system for the entire library of PlayStation games?