In the days and weeks leading up to E3, there was a rumor going around that Sony was on the verge of acquiring cloud gaming service Gaikai. Gaikai's CEO, David Perry, denied the rumors, including recent ones of a buyout. Now, however, all of that changes as Sony announced it has acquired Gaikai for $380 million. Sony will "establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai's revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centers servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world." From the sound of things, Sony is gearing up to be ahead of the curve when it comes to cloud gaming, although Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House did not reveal any specifics.
House did say that "SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service" for games to any number of Internet-connected devices, so it is possible Sony could work Gaikai into the next PlayStation systems and even Android smartphones. Sony could add Gaikai into the PS3 and PS Vita, although it may take some time before we hear anything definitive on that front. In any event, while Sony announced the acquisition of Gaikai, the deal still needs to be approved and given the final stamp before rampant speculation can begin.