The mighty PlayStation 4 is waiting anxiously to get out from hidden bars. Eventually, Sony has to make an announcement in order to get maximum coverage. How the console will look like is still a mystery. Well, the console specifications are not getting much attention. Nonetheless, PS4 will be all about powerful graphics, killer games and unique game play.
That's the end to it. No, the real game has just begun with Gaikai set to take a major role in Sony's gaming division. Is that the same Japanese cloud gaming service company, which Sony acquired for $380 million? Yes! In fact, The Wall Street Journal (via Engadget), is reporting that the cloud gaming will play a bigger role from now on, at least for Sony. Let's dig into the story.
Gaikai - Sony's big gamble
Until now, the biggest disappointment with PS3 was the inability to play last-gen games. It is said that the PlayStation 4 will run PS3 games. It is not because, it will be backward compatible with PS3 games, but due the fact that the company will use cloud gaming service. Sony has tons of gaming content available at its doors. Games belong to PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, would be made available to gamers through cloud gaming. Is Cloud gaming set to take a bigger responsibility? After all, Sony spent a cool $380 million for the Gaikai acquisition.
GizBot made a visit to Gaikai.com, to check what cloud gaming service mean to gamers. The introductory page, itself speaks a lot about the content expected.
"And while we think all of that is pretty cool, we're not done yet. As a new member of the Sony Computer Entertainment family, we're working even harder to ensure the world's best entertainment content is delivered instantly to you, no matter where you are in the world".
Basically, Cloud gaming, will open another world for gamers. How? Your device needs to be connected with internet. If you have an access to Gaikai services (through a subscription plan), you can stream full games, on any device. Imagine playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune or God of War, on an iPad. It is said that Sony will merge Gaikai services with PlayStation Store. Most probably, the company will link PlayStation Plus with Gaikai. As of now, nothing can be said with sureity.
Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, believe that cloud gaming is not the future. He stressed hard on survival of dedicated console gamin. If we look at the leaked 2013 roadmap plan of Xbox 720, it gives us enough evidence of Microsoft embracing cloud gaming in a big way. Recently, Xbox creator, openly said that Apple T.V, will kill dedicated console gaming. Is Apple also planning to jump into cloud gaming sphere? Only time will tell.