If you have been following all of the latest pre-E3 rumors and speculation, you are probably already aware of the interesting whispers involving a cloud streaming partnership between Sony and Gaikai.
To give you a brief reminder for those that haven’t heard, VG247 has said that a deal has been stuck between the two companies and an announcement will be made at this year’s E3 conference. At the time, they mentioned that a deal could also involve fellow cloud streaming rival Onlive, but we have since learned that Gaikai has already been sending out invites for what is going to be a ‘major announcement at E3’ and one that ‘has the potential to change the future of video games’.
That obviously connects the dots with what VG247 has been told, so now we know that it is Gaikai and not OnLive that we are dealing with. What repercussions will this streaming partnership have on the future of the PS3 though and more importantly, will this have a knock-on effect in terms of a potential ‘PS4’ release?
If you think about the idea of cloud gaming, it essentially means that you can play any game online, without the need for high-end hardware which would limit your play. However, it also means that the quality of gameplay will be dependent on a user’s internet connection, so this move may not be too appealing or exciting for those that are stuck on a sub 2MB connection.
We’ve seen a lot of talk on message boards on how this could in fact ‘replace’ the PS4, with Gaikai teaming up with Sony to offer the masses of PS3 users an easy ‘upgrade’ to the next generation of games, without even having to buy any new hardware. It is an ambitious plan to say the least, but one which would be pretty amazing if they could pull it off.
Don’t expect this move to be free though, like the current PSN service. Sony has said in the past that they are working on improving their PS Plus subscription service, so a logical move for Sony would be to make this Gaikai streaming service more appealing to their paid PS Plus members.
With days to go until Sony’s June 4 E3 keynote, we don’t expect any other details on this to leak. It has massive proportions for the industry though if they are planning to replace a next-gen console in favor of cloud streaming. In your opinion, is this the future of the industry, or do you believe that owning a physical console is still more important for the time being?