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Rumour: Sony close to “cloud gaming firm” buyout

Wednesday, 30th May 2012 14:21 GMT By Johnny Cullen

MCV‘s reporting that Sony is reportedly close to acquiring what it says is a “high profile cloud gaming firm”.

The site didn’t specify who the company was, but it’s thought the company in question is either OnLive or Gaikai. Both services launched last year, with the former getting an extensive push at Eurogamer Expo by giving away free micro consoles to attendees.

The deal itself, according to an MCV site source is “close to being signed.”

VG247 was told last week Sony was set to announce an partnership with a cloud company at its E3 presser on Monday.

MCV’s story suggests this could have wider implication for next-gen rather than just streaming services through TVs.

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  1. Razor

    Crikey, they’re really going all-in on this cloud thingy, aren’t they.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. kingofscotland

    Ohhhhhhhhh, initial rumours were of a partnership but this talks of an agreed (almost) acquisition – thats a different league altogether.

    This is how Remote Play could possibly work for Vita – where you stream the PS3 game from server not from your actual PS3 and also allows the PS4 to have full backward compatability of PS3 games via streaming (if the rumoured specs of PS4 were true it would be almost imposible to have backward compatibility.

    Can’t wait

    #2 2 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    I’m putting money on OnLive. I remember reading that the guy who founded it basically makes a living off building up companies and selling them on.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Gama_888

    This could be HUGE.

    If its onlive.
    Correct me if im wrong but isnt Gaikai just game demos through a browser?? while that impressive, Having the full game being able to instantly stream is a MAJOR plus for sony come next gen.Maybe even this gen?
    if its just demos and gaikai, then meh

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    OnLive has a cheap microconsole. It would be interesting to see a micro-Playstation. Something less than $100 that could run PS3 and PC games.

    Of course this is more than likely about Gaikai but there is still a small chance that Sony might go for Onlive.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Hoping we are talking about OnLive. Just like Gama, gaikai would be Meh, at best I think.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    I thought if this stuff worked well then it would be a case of MS or Sony buying them up to get the tech. Figured it would be a little further down the line though – still a bit unproven as a global solution. Interesting though.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    I hope it’s OnLive, I would love to see that get some real progress going (hopefully Sony aren’t retards with it though)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    Iam only interested if its OnLive, and only interested if it has access to PC games, i really want to try games like Dear Esther, Diablo I and II, and Grim Fandango,etc; If its onlive, but is just only for sony games, then Meh

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @9

    Onlive doesn’t have those games nor will they ever so you are hoping for much.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Yoshi

    @10 Well I wouldn’t say never, they could if they approached the developer/publishers with a good deal.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    #10 Jeez Too bad, well i was hoping for something like that, because i would love the chance to play good PC games that i have miss over the years on a console, either way thanks for the clarification, but like i said if its only for sony games that are available on physical media, then meh, but dont get me wrong is nice to have the option, the thing is that is not for me then.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Onlive has gone to these publishers and developers. Dear Ester is exclusive to steam and as is Blizzard to Bnet. ALso EA, Rockstar, Activision do not want a part of it either. Its why Onlive catalog is crappy it only offers THQ games and some of Ubisofts game.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. drewbles82

    Either way, I know Uk internet speeds are not ready for cloud gaming. Though we are suppose to get 4G next year which works great with onlive.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Sony are buying Steam!!?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    Just like I said. There was absolutely no point in Sony doing a collaboration with OnLive. Only a complete buyout would make business sense here.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. kingofscotland

    @13 Regarding Rockstar not interested in Onlive – LA Noire says hello

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @17

    Yeah the game that doesn’t sell well is it on it same with Mafia. But do you see Max Payne 3, GTA4 on their catalog you know Rockstar’s big hitters?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gama_888

    But if sony completely aquires onlive wont they be able to put the games they have licensed for playstation onto it??
    (i have no idea here btw, im asking)

    Also if sony is buying either of these i bet my best top hat to a name change within a year or 2

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    I don’t think its Onlive when at GDC they were talking about having exclusive rights to their own game and releasing their own SDK for developers.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TD_Monstrous69

    Reading this tells me this shit (removes aviator shades), just got serious.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. fearmonkey

    Wasn’t there another Online service called Evolve that was starting out? Was it Crytek that started that?

    I remember someone from Onlive saying the big news at this years E3 will be that one of the big 3 wont be releasing a new console…..

    #22 2 years ago
  23. speedxl01

    Humm, PS4 games streamed for PS3 consoles? Interesting.

    #23 2 years ago