Game-streaming on cable TV: The biggest threat to games consoles?

"It’s been clear for a good couple of years now that gaming – and computing as a whole – is moving towards the realm of clouds, digital downloads and online streaming. To an extent, these breakthroughs have been considered as something that could coexist peacefully with games consoles. Sony, for instance, recently purchased the game-streaming service Gaikai, in what seems like an attempt to extend the Playstation 3′s longevity by giving it access to the cloud gaming realm. Microsoft, meanwhile, have long been linked with an acquisition of troubled cloud-gaming platform, Onlive."

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WiiUalpha2070d ago

I don't know if Sony,MS or Nintendo have anything to worry about just yet. Most cable companies want to put bandwidth limits on consumers and streaming games would have them going over that limit time and time again.

Also there are no exclusives made by the cable company so everything would be 3rd party. Of course that is kinda easy to fix but it will take time.

darthv722070d ago

or more importantly...timing. Some ideas have been ahead of the curve but failed due to lack of interest or the fear that it would change things to radically. We know people can be frightened of change but if these ideas come back around when the time is right then people are more receptive.

That is generally speaking.

Gaming will eventually evolve (or devolve whichever you look at it) to a point where the physical consoles and the games would be similar to record players and records. Meaning that they had their purpose and served it well but technology moved on to trying to be more convenient to the consumer.

More and more music and (to a lesser extent) movies are sold through digital download than actually going to a store to get them. That kind of convenience has been a long time coming but its here and will continue to grow.

We are a lazy society in the fact that once you get hooked on something brought to you (or downloaded) becomes all to familiar. Will this sort of change happen overnight? No but it has been changing little by little.

All it takes is the right company and the right content and we can have a full on swing shift from one way of doing something to another. What is more convenient than your cable provider also providing games? They may be crap games but then again they wont be the same crap forever.

Just look at how gaming evolved from Pong to today. And that is roughly 30+ years. The time frame of change has been getting shorter and shorter so who knows.

Merrill2070d ago

Hahaha, no. Simple as that.

turgore2070d ago

Think what you will, but with Google Fibe reaching 1gb/second transfer speed I see it as a possibility in the future.

Merrill2070d ago (Edited 2070d ago )

Consumers will never ditch owning hardware, whether it be a computer or console/consoles for games exclusively through their over price cable provider, will not happen.

CommonSenseGamer2070d ago


Your comment echos of "people will never buy on line in favor of going to the store" or "people will always prefer to own the physical CD".

By the time the PS4 or Xbox 720 reach its 10 year anniversary cloud gaming will already be a mature marketplace.

Merrill2070d ago

@ turgore

I have no problem with Cloud gaming, and I love buying my games on PSN, but there is NO WAY cable providers are the future of gaming or in anyway going to sway people to exclusively buy games from them.

Cloud gaming may be part of or the future, but it won't have a place from Cable providers. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will never provide them with any of the big exclusive titles that make money.

Cable providers already charge WAAAAY too much for Tv and other servies, can you imagine what that would charge for this service?

Getowned2070d ago (Edited 2070d ago )

Unless nintendo,MS, and Sony go multiplat exclusives are still a big thing to a lot of people theres only one console you can get uncharted and GT5, only one console you can get Halo and Gears, and only one console you can get mario and zelda. These are games that I know are why I pick my console of choice and really are one of the big deciding factors. Thats why I don't really see this catching on as fast. I don't think the tech is ready and I would much rather have a console system, I don't vary much like the Idea of my cable company over charging me for games just like they do for me to watch TV. This is just a repeat of OnLive really, no one wants it right now.

Saturne32070d ago (Edited 2070d ago )

Cloud gaming is and always be an option for many years to come it wont replace anything.

No sense of ownership then whats the point having it new? it almost feels like piracy.

There must be incentives if they wanna pull this through like all-free DLC if you get it day 1 or something.

KMCROC2070d ago (Edited 2070d ago )

Unless the cable company infrastructure is fixed across all states & an abroad this is a dead issue. Ex. bandwidth, speeds, service to all areas , Ala cart pricing . till then i will continue on my consoles .

RivetCityGhoul2070d ago

i don't understand neither motion not mobile gaming has took over traditional gaming. now the media is moving to the trend "oh free to play & cloud gaming is the future, consoles are obsolete now" if anything console gaming will prosper and cloud gaming will be integrated as a feature option but it'll never replace consoles.

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