Sony & Gaikai; The Plausible Reason
I don't know why, but suddenly it hit me.
Cloud gaming is the future. Convergence of technology is inevitable. Today, you can game on most devices we have out there, even the freezers! Or perhaps not the freezer, since those aren't really that portable. But Smartphones are taking over and you can play a lot of games on them these days.
But never mind that, what made me write this blog-post was a revelation that came to me in a dream. Sorry that was a lie. It came to me like a lightningbolt.
I believe Sony bought Gaikai for one purpose only. Lets go back to the ps3. What did the first editions of the hardware have that the following didn't? Backwards-compatibility. One of the most wanted features in a new console. Why was it removed?
Well, to put it like this. It made Sony bleed even more. It was so very expensive and they had to let it go. So you might wonder what Gaikai has to do with this? Well, let me tell you.
I believe that Gaikai will work very much like an MMO of some sort today, only with the difference that the service itself will not be a game. However, through Gaikai, and probably a monthly subscription, or as a Playstation Plus service (Free if you have PS Plus that is, and lets say 5 euros /dollars etc if you do not) Sony will give you a chance to play ANY ps3 game you have registered on your account through your ps4. The cost of a serverpark could easily be afforded through a service like this. They could easily set up different levels of the subscription where it costs 5 euros for ps3 games, 3 euros for ps2 and 1 euro a month for access to the games of each era. that would be a total of 10 euros, 10 dollars etc. for full backwards-compatibility with all of the games you have previously bought. Ofc, since many games from previous generations is not being sold anymore, you would be able to unlock them for like 1 euro/dollar etc.
Me personally would definately use this service.
The price of the ps4 would also be greatly reduced if BC wasn't built in the device. And I would also prefer that.
What do you guys think? I really do think that this is a very plausible reason to why Sony bought Gaikai. The service might be different but in general, I really hope that this is whats gonna happen.