Morning Acquisition

Rumored to be happening back at E3, crossing the wire this morning Sony has in fact purchased cloud game streaming company Gaikai for ~$380M.

No real plans announced, just the obligatory excited quotes:

 

“…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 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…” -David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc. 

 

Press release below.

Sony Computer Entertainment to Acquire Gaikai Inc., a Leading Interactive Cloud Gaming Company

SCE to Build a Cloud Service Bringing Gaikai’s Cloud Based-Streaming Technologies into Its Network Business

TOKYO, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement on June 30, 2012 (Japan Time) to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world’s leading interactive cloud-based gaming company, for approximately USD 380 million. Through the acquisition, SCE will establish a new cloud service, ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences.

“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,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “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.”

“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.”

Established in 2008 and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, Gaikai has developed the highest quality, fastest interactive cloud-streaming platform in the world that enables the streaming of quality games to a wide variety of devices via the internet. With this acquisition, SCE 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.

The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

SCE will continue to aggressively expand a new world of entertainment through the introduction of innovative technologies and the delivery of amazing experiences.

E3: Day 1

E3 2012 is here. Taking over the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, all major developers and publishers are on site promoting their biggest games and product announcements.  This is the week for gaming and gamers alike.

Day 1 is in the books, with pre-show conferences wrapped up for Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Nintendo. Some notes from the show below.

 

Nintendo: Watch their Pre-E3 video here.

  • The Wii U controller is officially called GamePad. It has an updated controller set (2 analog sticks and new button config), NFC, infrared to control TVs / set-top boxes.
  • A secondary controller, the Pro Controller, is coming as well. Looks like an Xbox controller.
  • Miiverse social network works across the Wii U GamePad, 3Ds, PCa and any web-enabled mobile device. You can communicate with other players in real-time using the Game Pad, send text messages, drawings and images, and share screen shots from in-game. Additionally, you can post messages in-game for other players to see.

Sony: Check out the Sony E3 site for related videos, images and blogs.

  • PlayStation Suite is now PlayStation Mobile. Sony will be working with HTC to develop PlayStation Mobile certified phones.
  • Heavy Rain follow up Beyond Two Souls coming from Quantic Dreams.
  • PlayStation All-Stars landing on Vita, in addition to PS3, both will have cross play, letting 4 players play across both devices.
  • PlayStation Plus, Sony’s add-on subscription service, is getting more titles including: Infamous 2, Saints Row 2, and Little Big Planet 2.
  • Hulu Plus and Crackle apps are coming to the PS Vita. U.S. only.
  • PSOne Classics, the program that lets Vita owners download or transfer titles, is coming to the Vita store this summer.
  • New DLC coming for LittleBigPlanet 2 will let you play it on Vita.
  • COD: Black Ops Declassified and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation coming to Vita.
  • Sony and Wonderbook launching new platform for experiential books. Harry Potter / Pottermore are on board.

Microsoft: Check out the Microsoft E3 site for related videos, images and blogs.

  • Extended look at Halo 4 here.
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Dance Central 3 and LocoCycle announced.
  • Updated Bing voice search coming to Xbox.
  • Tomb Raider and COD: Black Ops 2 DLC will be available on 360 before PS3.
  • IE is coming to the 360 this fall. IE for Xbox is built in the web hub of the 360, and works from the SmartGlass service to let you surf the web. What is Smart Glass?
  • SmartGlass is an app for Windows 8, tablets, and iOS/Android/Windows mobile that lets you view and interact with content for games and video on your console. It functions as a remote control, to control what’s being played on your 360, as well, it lets you watch media between SmartGlass devices. Additionally, it’s a second screen which will provide expanded content for whatever is playing on your 360.
  • Nike+ Kinect Traning announced. It ties your FuelBand and Kinect, has an in-game training element, and lets you work out with/compete against friends.
  • Xbox music Service coming to Xbox, Windows Phone and Windows 8. Possibly other non-MS devices too.
  • 35 new apps coming to the 360, including Paramount, Nickelodeon, Machinima, WatchESPN, NHL Game Center app and NBA Game Time.
  • Forza Horizon coming Oct 23, 2012

EA: Check out the EA E3 site for related videos, images and blogs.

  • EA SPORTS is getting back in the ring with a multi-game partnership with UFC.
  • New Infinity Engine debuted for Madden NFL 13. As well, Connected Careers mode.
  • Crysis 3 slated for Feb 2013.
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted coming Oct 20, 2012.
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter coming Oct 23, 2012.
  • Battlefield 3 Premium is confirmed. Costs $50, gets you access to five Battlefield 3 DLC packs, with two weeks of early access Also, unique camo, weapons and tags for Premium users.
  • Old news, Dead Space 3 will have drop-in/drop-out co-op.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free to play up to level 15.
  • Sim City Social coming to Facebook later this month.

Ubisoft: Check out the Ubisoft E3 site for related videos, images and blogs.

  • Just Dance 4 coming to the Wii U for the holiday season.
  • ZombieU is an exclusive coming to Wii U… about zombies.
  • Fry Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III and Watch Dogs footage shown.