Sony Wants PlayStation To Be Everywhere
Sony has a dream, a dream of invading all your systems. The vision is that you can stream PlayStation games to pretty much any device and play them there. Parents watching TV, stream the game to your Vita. Your Vita is dead, stream it to your PC. You have to do the laundry today? Stream it to your washing machine.
With wifi connectivity it is possible to let your PS4 do all the processing while your Vita simply acts as a screen and controller. It’s brilliant. However, Sony is looking to achieve something far bigger with its streaming service, Gaikai. The company wants to expand the reach of PlayStation games beyond simply Sony devices all the way to TVs, PCs and tablets. Possibly even smartphones.
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Gaikai PS3 streaming to PS4 will come in 2014 to North America but with Europe still in doubt it’s unlikely we’ll ever see it down here in lowly South Africa.
Speaking with Dengeki Online, Yoshida discussed his own aspirations for the service, and stressed that he’d like to see it go multi-format. He said, “Speaking of the ultimate goal, we would like to deliver PlayStation games to all devices. So we’re considering various things like PC, TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets. We hope to continue to expand not only to Sony devices, but even to devices other than Sony’s. This is still being studied.
“We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to something closer to a service, regardless of the device — Of course PlayStation will still be the center, but I think we would like to expand to different things.”
Streaming, especially in this multi-device manner to broaden the reach of PlayStation games is a great concept but a upsetting one purely because video game streaming is not feasible in a lot of the world just yet and especially not here in SA. Granted, I’m only upset for purely selfish and personal reasons.