Sony is close to agreeing a deal to acquire either Gaikai or OnLive, according to reports.
Reports last weekend claimed that Sony was to announce a partnership with a major cloud gaming firm during its E3 press conference next Monday. However, a source has told MCV that Sony's interest in the cloud runs far deeper than that, and that an outright acquisition is "close to being signed."
What's not known at this point is whether the deal is intended for Sony's consoles, or its range of TVs. The latter is more believable at this point, especially given the recent deal which has seenGaikai integrated in LG Smart TVs.
By contrast, a console deal would be a real shock, and not just to retailers - and if a deal is close, our money's on it being with David Perry's company. Speaking at CES in January, Gaikai chief product officer Nanea Reeves said: "Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3." Sony spent heavily on PS3, of course, and its high price consigned it to an early third place from which it has never recovered. Could the PlayStation 4 be a Bravia TV, with cloud gaming innards?
Expect more to be revealed at Sony's E3 conference, which takes place on Monday 6pm PST - or 2am on Tuesday. We'll be there, of course, ensuring a steady flow of timely coverage so you don't miss a thing; the best way to keep on top of it is by keeping a close eye on our E3 2012 topic page.
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