Last week it was reported that Sony was set to announce a major partnership with a leading cloud gaming service at E3. However, new rumors suggest that the Japanese platform holder might actually announce the acquisition of either Gaikai or OnLive at the annual Los Angeles conference.
British games industry website MCV reports that sources indicate a deal “is close to being signed.” If an agreement is reached it will see Sony fully take control of one of the two streaming services.
There had been speculation that the agreement would relate to TV streaming rather than gaming however it now understood that a full takeover would see OnLive’s or Gaikai’s services rolled out to the PlayStation business as well.
As MCV states “although work on PS4 is already well underway, Sony iskeen on bringing its PlayStation gaming content to non-console owners – a move finally made possible by this deal.”
Any such agreement would also likely see console gamers able to play their games on any device with an internet connection as well as adding to the cross-platform play options available between the PS3 and PSVita. It would also likely see Microsoft and Nintendo forced to play catch-up if the PS4 launches with full cloud gaming compatibility.
If such a deal has been signed we can expect it to be announced at Sony’s E3 press conference next week.