The lights are on
At a roundtable interview at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida made an announcement that is likely to make PlayStation Plus members very happy. Starting sometime next year, the Gaikai streaming service will bring PlayStation 3 titles to PS4 owners.
According to IGN, the plan is make these titles available to play not only through the new home console, but the Vita and the Vita TV as well. Yoshida stated that a good selection will be available when the service comes online and that it will grow over time.
Our TakeThis is definitely exciting, but I have some questions that Sony will need to answer before I perfect my backflip. First, what are the bandwidth needs for Gaikai streaming at a fidelity that will match current PS3 performance? Also, what will the monetization model be?
Will players rent games, purchase them, or pay a monthly subscription to access the service. In his talk, Yoshida mentioned Netflix, would imply the latter. Will there be an intersection with PlayStation Plus Instant Collection and other digital titles that have been purchased?
The Gaikai streaming sounds like a fascinating solution to the backwards compatibility conundrum, but until I see it working in a home setting, I'm going to remain skeptical. I used OnLive briefly, and it's a service that is better on paper than in practice.
I want Gaikai to be the equivalent of Netflix, streaming games in HD with a nominal subscription fee giving me access to a vast library. I hope reality lives up to my expectation. I also hope ISPs around the country are ready for this.
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Interesting. I'll have to wait for more info before I get too excited.
Or, you know, keep your PS3. It's what I'll be doing to play my favorites. Still, this is a cool service and if the price is right for games I already own, or just to play new ones, I may look into it later down the line.
I'm very interested in seeing how this service evolves over time.
It could end up being an extremely nice addition to the PS4 package.
I know they've said this at E3, but if I could play PS3 games on my Vita and Vita TV, that would be amazing. I dunno why that would make PS+ members, especially happy. Is it required? I'm gonna have Plus regardless, but it's pretty lame to pay twice to use one service, like on Xbox.
It would be really cool if there was a function that allowed a PS4 owner to place a PS3 BrD into the PS4 to verify ownership, and that verification allows for "free" streaming of that game via Gaikai! That would be so baaaadaaaaass.
To pay for this service, of course, you would need to be a PS Plus member. And at this point, there is really no good reason not to be anyway.
Sounds exciting and with a lot of potential, if the price for the service is fair? Then I'm definetly in.