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Published on July 2nd, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

Sony Purchases Gakai Streaming Game Service for $380 Million

Late last night Sony announced that it had dropped $380 million big ones on the streaming game service Gakai. By doing so, Sony takes a huge step toward offering cloud gaming services for current and future devices. Don’t know what cloud gaming is? Essentially it means that as you play on a set top box, i.e. a video game console, another computer elsewhere is running the game while it receives your commands. The computer responds to the commands and streams the visual data back to you.

“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,” Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in an official press statement.

“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 internetconnected devices.”

Here is a video taken at Google I/O on June 28, 2012 of Gakai in action, streaming games through Google Chrome:

What does this mean for you and your PS3? Quite a bit when you think about it. Imagine being able to being able to buy a game and play it within seconds of purchase, avoiding installation times and saving precious hard drive space. While I don’t believe that the PS4 will be a disc-less system, the PS5 could very well be a cloud only device. We are on our way to the PS9, people!

Don’t think that the competition will take the news lying down. Microsoft has already dabbled in cloud technology by allowing Xbox 360 owners to store their precious save files on a cloud network. The next Xbox LIVE could also very well be powered by cloud technology. We can already purchase games through Xbox LIVE, playing on the cloud would be the next logical step.

Either way, this could undoubtedly be the first major announcement on the road to the next generation of consoles. I’m excited and hopefully you are too.

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Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit

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