Gaikai boss David Perry has finally talked about the recent acquisition of his company by Sony and has revealed that this move opens many doors for the cloud gaming service, as publishers are no longer frightful of associating themselves with the platform.
Gaikai, alongside OnLive and other cloud gaming services, allowed big publishers to make their PC games available to all users around the world, as customers just needed a computer, no matter its power, and a fast internet connection, in order to receive gameplay footage.
Sadly, the fact that these services only supported PC games made things a bit difficult, at least according to Gaikai creator David Perry, who told Eurogamer
that publishers were reticent to partner up with the company due to its lack of presence on consoles like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
"It's going to make the publishers very happy, because the publishers like PC, but they love console. The message I kept getting back was, PC is cool, but I wish you could do this with console. That's the real meat in our business. That would be really good," Perry said.
"Of course, we had to go, look at this new PC stuff we have. We had to keep avoiding the console question. But the console question never went away. I had a major publisher recently say to me: 'David, just to be clear, the iPhone is interesting to us. Not as interesting as console. PC? Not as interesting as console. Just to be clear.'"
Things have changed now, as Gaikai will soon be made available on some of the PlayStation consoles, thereby finally attracting publishers.
Another big problem solved by the Sony acquisition is the financial support, according to Perry, as this was a tricky issue when negotiating with publishers.
"The second thing they said was, if we're going to put our biggest games on your service, I've got to know you're going to have the financial muscle to support it. When you're a start-up, it's harder to answer that question. But when you've got Sony behind you, it's very easy to answer that question. There are multiple things that have been solved in a single deal. It's quite surprising," he added.
Perry has declined to mention what plans Sony has for Gaikai
, but you can expect something concrete to be announced in the near future.