50w ago - Update: It's now confirmed that Sony has acquired Gaikai for $380 million with the official press release below.
Press Release: 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 - 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.
50w ago - Following up on our previous article, today MCVUK (linked above) reports that according to their sources Sony is indeed close to acquiring a high-profile cloud gaming firm.
To quote: "In a move that will rock the next generation of console gaming, Sony is close to agreeing an acquisition of a high profile cloud gaming firm, MCV understands.
It was reported earlier this week that Sony was to reveal a partnership with a cloud gaming firm - specifically either OnLive or Gaikai - at E3 next week.
Subsequent chatter had seemingly calmed the rumours, suggesting that the proposed agreement was to do with Sony streaming TV services, and not consoles.
However, MCV understands that the deal is far more extensive than anyone could have predicted and will see Sony fully acquire one of the two firms. The deal, our source says, "is close to being signed".
The acquisition has implications for all parts of Sony's business, both in the consumer tech and console divisions.
Although work on PS4 is already well underway, Sony is very likely keen on bringing its PlayStation gaming content to non-console owners - a move finally made possible...
55w ago - Dakko Dakko Director Rhodri Broadbent has announced alongside the launch trailer reveal that Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims is free starting today on PSN for PlayStation Plus subscribers!
To quote: Hi there, I'm Rhod from Dakko Dakko and I'd like to introduce you to our second game, Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims.
This time (as the title suggests) your job as Cloud God is to keep your troupe of devoted followers safe on their long journey. It's no easy feat, as there are hordes of peculiar demons waiting across the game's seven worlds, all trying to pick off a pilgrim or two.
It's a game about protection. And shooting. Lots of shooting. The more enemies you shoot without getting hit, the more the pilgrims will love you.
Pilgrim love helps you get faster and more powerful, but getting hit will lose you all that love, and you'll need to work on your shoot-and-dodge skills to get back the hearts you lost. This cycle is the basis of the gameplay.