While on a trip to a very foreign and exotic land, Sony executives were approached by a mysterious stranger in a back alley market place. He was holding a small wicker basket and extended the rather common looking object towards the nervous men. They could hear the light breathing of something inside, their inquisitive looks prompting the old man to say:
“It is a Gaikai, a premiere player in the game streaming world. Acquiring it could further cement your hold on the cloud gaming market. A word of warning though…never feed the Gaikai after midnight and keep it away from water.”
So yeah, Sony is purchasing Gaikai for over $300 million and apparently people are excited about this. What’s this mean for us gamers? It means that streamed gaming is taking off and the big dogs are taking notice of it. It could also mean more options and less commitment to purchasing expensive $60 titles.
I personally don’t really know what to think as I prefer ownership over rental-esque schemes that could potentially fill my game with excessive advertisementing. I also don’t want Gaikai to suddenly transform under mismanagement and fill the world with tiny green monsters.