Gaikai boss says there is no deal with Sony, but consoles must embrace cloud gaming
- Posted June 6th, 2012 at 22:20 EDT by Adam Dolge
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Just prior to E3 we heard plenty of rumors that Sony Computer Entertainment had some kind of deal to allow PS3s and PS Vitas to play games like PlayStation 2 and PSOne titles via a cloud service. Further rumors indicated cloud gaming company Gaikai was just that partner to provide the digital stream-play service, but it turns out that was simply a rumor—just goes to show you shouldn’t trust everything you read, especially on the internet.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Gaikai boss David Perry said he watched Sony’s press conference from his hotel room and knew people speculated that a cloud gaming service would be announced. “No, they’re not going to announce cloud gaming,” he said.
But despite the rumors, Perry firmly believes consoles will not survive the future without embracing cloud gaming. "I honestly can't think of a future for the console companies that don't include cloud gaming at some point," he said.
"To give you my real take on it, I honestly can't think of a future for the console companies that don't include cloud gaming at some point. They can hold out as long as they want to, but at some point, you don't want to be the console that can't do this. To some extent, I expect all three of them will have this," he told Eurogamer.
He does not believe physical media will go away quickly, however. He said it will be a similar transition from CDs and cassette tapes to MP3s for music, and even digital photos. As for next gen consoles, he hopes Gaikai is a key player, offering cloud services for the next PlayStation and Xbox.
- 10:47pm EDT - June 6th, 2012
u forgot to mention that samsung (of all people) bought them
and Samsung are now doing what everyone said Sony would be doing....with the TV's
Darksec | Darksec
- 2:39am EDT - June 7th, 2012
hate cloud gaming and it looks like ill soon be boycotting gaming.
Its doesnt work all that well, its a lag fast, its often down for maintenance on PC and when it is down you cant even access the games to play single player. Lots of people complaining about lost games that have been paid for, titles are removed as well as added so you loose access to stuff they choose to remove from their service etc. People have also had whole accounts banned loosing all the games they have paid for with no refund. This would also make concsoles redundant, all you would need is the relavent tv with internet connection and the control pads etc.
Ghost-Rhayne | Ghost-Rhayne
- 5:16am EDT - June 7th, 2012
Cloud gaming will never make consoles redundant as long as Sony and co make compelling gaming experiences that you can't get anywhere else. Also, this service is only for the ISP "elite" who have a good connection and uncapped data plans. It would have been nice as an additional service for Sony if the rumors had turned out to be true, but as a sole means of delivering content, and 3rd party only content at that, its a big turn off for me.
- 5:35am EDT - June 7th, 2012
looks to me like Gaikai / Onlive release the rumor to get more attention and influence the console makers to make a deal with them
how many time must we say that the internet wolrdwide implementation doesn't allow modern games to be played like that, as bandwidth drops are common and regular almost everywhere (I'm in a big city in France, had 3 different internet providers and always had big drops each hour)
until optic fiber is everywhere this kind of service seems quite random to me
- 11:39am EDT - July 2nd, 2012
Looks like this was in fact not just a rumor.
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