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Submitted by djeronimo 936d ago | opinion piece

Gaikai is Sony’s Winning Ticket

"Gaikai recently commented on Sony’s acquisition of their company—and in sum, they’re quite pleased. Although their lips are sealed as to their future goals, it appears that they will be working closely with Sony while continuing to improve their cloud-gaming service. " (Gaikai, PS3, Sony)

black911  +   936d ago
Shouldn't It Be the Other Way Around?
LOGICWINS  +   936d ago
Nope, its fine the way it is. The Gaikai aquisition secures Sony's gaming edge against Microsoft and Nintendo.
GraveLord  +   935d ago
(this is a reply to your comment below)

No. PS4 would still need a Blu-Ray drive. Not only would Uncharted 4 be WAY TOO big to be streamed smoothly by most gamers, it would also EAT UP bandwidth every time you play it through the cloud. Another thing, Playstation brand is especially popular in countries where internet is even worse than here in the US.

Anyway they can't just skip from a disc-format, all the way to Cloud-Gaming. What happens to digital downloads? That is a much better alternative than Cloud Gaming. NO LAG in single player games.
GribbleGrunger  +   936d ago
yeah, I'd have to agree with logic here. Sony wouldn't have bought Gaikai to help them out, they bought Gaikai to help themselves. But I do take your point. The headline does infer this was all or nothing, which of course it wasn't.
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LOGICWINS  +   936d ago
What I would like to know is if Gaikai will eliminate the need for a physical PS4 console. Couldn't Uncharted 4 simply be stored on a server and be streamed to millions of PS3s around the globe?
GribbleGrunger  +   936d ago
Well, yes it could, but Sony will want the PS4 to be far more online/browser friendly and I'll bet they'll make sure it has plenty of dedicated ram for the OS. What you are suggesting about the PS3 is what I've suggested about the PS4. When Gaikai is fully implemented, would there be a need for a PS5? I don't think there will be and I honestly think that the PS4 will be Sony's last console.

Like I said though, the PS3 is still a tad clunky in some departments so if Gaikai is to be the next big thing for Sony, they will want to set the next console to be that 'conduit' between gamer and server.

We will still see retail copies on Blu-rays but as the 'normal' lifecycle comes to an end, Gaikai will take over and PS5 will just be streamed data. In other words, the PS4 will have NO lifecycle attached... it will just get revisions. PSN will become what it set out to become: a Network, as in TV channel
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aquamala  +   935d ago
for cloud gaming you don't need a powerful console, since all processing is done on the cloud. PS3 would be way overkill, something like the $100 onlive console would work just fine.

once cloud gaming takes off, I don't see why third party developers need Sony though, I can imagine EA, Activision, Ubi Soft will all have their own cloud gaming service.
hkgamer  +   935d ago
@aquamala

its true what you say, but publishers will have to spend bucket loads of cash to put up servers all around the world. It's not as easy as putting up a digital store and not use steam.

@GribbleGrunger
Cloud gaming has a big chance of becoming a TV channel of some kind. If it isn't like a TV channel then I would atleast expect it to have a subscription based and be packed full of adverts.
I wish I worked for Gaikai at the moment, so much potential it could bring in the future, but i doubt any of it will happen.
Siren30  +   935d ago
I'm not understanding how this is good news for sony. Doesn't this mean that I could play any playstation game on other devices without the need for a playstation?
InotRobot214  +   935d ago
But
I want Planetside 2 now.
wait for ps4 or get a pc. Feels funny to say since it's sony game.
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wastedcells  +   935d ago
There will still be a playstation and a disc but I think we will see demos via cloud gaming and psn/ps1/ps2 games with more to come in the future. North America has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to bandwidth and costs before full on cloud gaming in a ps4 world is a reality.
Bigpappy  +   935d ago
Are you guy really hoping that the New PS4 be the new improved Onlive? Do you really want all your games streamed to you via a network connection?

I am staying with M$ because I like they system. IF they go that route, I will be on steams in a hart beat. I used to be a PC gamer. I prefer to stay a console gamer, but I have no desire for any type of Onlive system.

I only see this working for games that are quick play events, games like some of the smaller arcade games. But I play big immersive games that I need to work in an optimum environment (minimum load and lag) and I need to be able to play them off line when I feel to.

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