Alright, first let’s start with a quick refresh; what is cloud gaming? Cloud gaming is where a remote server renders a video game, and then streams the video feed of that game to potentially any screen even if the device has a bare minimum amount of processing abilities (it only needs to be powerful enough to stream video, which even several non-smart phones can do) your inputs are sent immediately to the cloud where the game reacts accordingly.
Sony has bought the cloud-gaming company “Gaikai” for $380 million. What does this mean? Well it could mean nearly anything, this technology can be used in literally 100s of different ways for Sony. And since Sony is keeping mum on what their official, specific plans for Gaikai are (I’m sure nothing is set in stone anyway) let’s take a look at what they could do:
- Stream instant game demos to the Ps3, no more lengthy downloads!
- Stream full Ps3,or Ps4 games to the Vita, Bravia TV’s or Sony certified (Ps Mobile) Android devices.
- Stream Ps4 demos to the Ps3 to help tempt us to jump ship next year.
- Stream Ps3, Vita, or Ps4 demos to any smart phone, Smart TV, or internet browser, in an attempt to draw everyone in front of a screen into the world of Playstation.
- Buy a game on the Ps3, Vita, or Ps4, then gain the ability to play it on any device you own.
Those are all the possibilities that spring forth into my mind, and on that note I’ll leave you with a hype-friendly partially vague quote from Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House:
“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.”