Recently, Sony opened their bomb-bay doors and dropped a megaton on the industry when they revealed they acquired Gaikai, a leading cloud based gaming company. The news brings some validation to recent rumors that Sony would look to Gaikai to offer PS3 owners with backwards compatibility through an upgraded Playstation Plus plan. I believe having access to a library of PS2 and PS1 titles in the cloud is a great idea because your enjoyment of backwards capability before Sony took it away with the PS3 Slim is limited by the amount of actual physical games you own.
Andrew House of SCE stated that will bring the cloud-streaming service “anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices“. Will Sony attempt to spread the Playstation brand name to all available devices on the market or stick to Sony devices such as the PS Vita, Xperia, and the recently Playstation certified HTC One?
Another possibility is that Gaikai could bring PC gaming to the PS3 and PS4 because they own the rights to stream a selection of third-party titles, and technically so does Sony. Will Playstation fans be able to enjoy Witcher 2 and Alan Wake in the future or will the cloud service only stream Playstation titles such as Everquest and Planetside 2?
I believe it is possible that Sony envisions a future where gamers can enjoy the Playstation’s history of content anywhere they want at anytime on all available mobile devices. PC gaming on a Playstation console is likely if the content came from Sony Online Entertainment, but with Sony’s head in the clouds we may never know.
What do you think?