Gaikai Goes Up For Sale

Andy Chalk

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Gaikai Goes Up For Sale


If you've got $500 million kicking around, you can have your very own cloud gaming service.

Cloud gaming, in simple terms, is an online system in which all the heavy lifting is done by powerful remote servers rather than the user's own console or PC. Input - button mashes, mouse clicks, whatever - is streamed to the servers, and the results are streamed back to the user, allowing even the simplest of hardware to run advanced, demanding games. The only restriction, obviously, is a fat pipe; if you don't have one, you don't get to play.

You probably already knew that, just as you probably know that there are two big players in the cloud gaming arena right now, Gaikai [http://www.onlive.com/]. By all reports, things appear to be going well for Gaikai - it announced a partnership with Samsung earlier this month to bring integrated streaming games to Samsung's Smart TVs - but in spite of that (or, perhaps, because of it; the motivations of big business often elude me), the word on the street is that the company is now on the block.

And it ain't cheap. According to CNN Money, the company is expecting to attract "well in excess of $500 million." There aren't too many relevant companies that could put together that kind of scratch, but the big console manufacturers - Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - could do it, and Intel may also take an interest in Gaikai's ability to support its upcoming online TV service.

At the end of May, it was reported that Sony was looking hard [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117523-Rumor-Sony-to-Purchase-Cloud-Gaming-Service] at either Gaikai or OnLive, although Gaikai founder Dave Perry shot down that rumor about a week later.

Source: CNN Money [http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/21/exclusive-gaming-company-gaikai-seeks-buyer/]


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JuliusMagnus

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Andy Chalk said:
Gaikai Goes Up For Sale


If you've got $500 million kicking around, you can have your very own cloud gaming service.

At the end of May, it was reported that Sony was looking hard [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/117523-Rumor-Sony-to-Purchase-Cloud-Gaming-Service] at either Gaikai or OnLive, although Gaikai founder Dave Perry shout down that rumor about a week later.

Source: CNN Money [http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/21/exclusive-gaming-company-gaikai-seeks-buyer/]


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Fus Ro Dah?
 

Noble_Lance

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My money bet is on Xbox if its a console/market. They have the capital and the ability to take a risk on it.
 

Andy Chalk

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Seriously fuck the cloud.
The reason Watch Dogs didn't win any awards is because that is going to be our future.
 

Andy Chalk

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Andy Chalk said:
Cloud gaming, in simple terms, is an online system in which all the heavy lifting is done by powerful remote servers rather than the user's own console or PC. Input - button mashes, mouse clicks, whatever - is streamed to the servers, and the results are streamed back to the user, allowing even the simplest of hardware to run advanced, demanding games. The only restriction, obviously, is a fat pipe; if you don't have one, you don't get to play.
Cloud gaming, in simple terms, is an online system in which the customer gets to give up all his rights of ownership over anything upon agreeing to it. High amounts of Input lag, YouTube quality compression, whatever are a staple of this "amazing technology" allowing even the simplest of games to look and play in the worst possible ways. There are a great many restrictions, from not legally owning a copy of any game anymore, to being beholden to the service as to when one can play or for how long, to being prone to all manner of new and amazing ways of microtransactions and being gouged for content by corporations you've learned to know and love!
Not only that, but forget the possibility of playing games to their maximal graphical abilities, changing settings for your game, being able to play or develop Mods, setting up Multiplayer servers, playing Offline, tweaking INI files, securing your save games or deciding if you want to Patch your game or not.
Playing Multiplayer is of course also only possible within the OnLive/GaiKai network.

Forget all that unimportant stuff and enjoy the glorious world of [HEADING=2]CLOUD GAMING!!![/HEADING]

There, I fixed it for you.
 

viranimus

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Good? This cant die quick enough? Polly shouldnt be?

Yeah sorry no tears shed here, and hopefully they wont find an interested buyer.