Sony has today announced that it has acquired cloud-based gaming service Gaikai for around $380 million.

The news will not come as a shock to many as the rumours have been flying around the internet for a number of weeks now. It was highly anticipated that some sort of E3 reveal was due but alas nothing surfaced.

Sony promises that the acquisition of Gaikai will “ensure that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences. ”

They also said:

“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.”

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