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    Default Sony announces PlayStation Now, its cloud gaming service for TVs, consoles, and phone



    The PlayStation 4 may not be the most important part of Sony's gaming strategy anymore. Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a service that will bring streaming PlayStation games not only to PS4, but also PS3, PlayStation Vita, and even televisions, tablets, and smartphones.

    It appears to be the company's public-facing brand for Gaikai, the cloud gaming technology it purchased last June, which the company previously said would bring PS3 games to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita later this year. Sony says the technology is already working here at CES, with attendees able to try critically acclaimed action title The Last of Us here in Vegas. Sony will launch a closed beta in the United States at the end of the month, and plans to roll out the service more broadly by the end of this summer.

    "The tethers that have constrained consumption for decades... soon dissolve," said Sony CEO Kaz Hirai.

    Gaikai works on practically any device even smartphones with little processing power because the games don't actually run locally at all. Cloud gaming services work more like a YouTube video, where powerful servers in remote data centers actually run the games, and stream compressed video frames of that game running to your local devices, as well as sending the input from your touchscreen or game controller to the cloud. It doesn't necessarily require an extremely fast internet connection, but it does require one with very low latency so that the time between you press a button, and the time you see the reaction, is as short as possible.

    Originally, Gaikai only streamed PC games to the web and to televisions, racking up deals with Samsung and LG to bring games like The Witcher 2 to their devices, but when Sony nabbed the technology it apparently figured out a way to have those servers emulate or run legacy PlayStation 3 titles as well. We haven't yet heard how.

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    This is gonna be interesting how things are gonna turn out in the next few years with Sony and their new products and features.

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    I agree, this does sound interesting. I have no doubt these "cloud" services are the future of gaming. Soon we wont have to pay $500 for a console that will be outdated the following year. We'll be able to stream everything and Sony could upgrade hardware, as needed, on the fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Memory View Post
    I agree, this does sound interesting. I have no doubt these "cloud" services are the future of gaming. Soon we wont have to pay $500 for a console that will be outdated the following year. We'll be able to stream everything and Sony could upgrade hardware, as needed, on the fly.
    The way I'm thinking it, they'll only have to update the list of games, instead of doing like you said, making a new console every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAdmiral View Post
    The way I'm thinking it, they'll only have to update the list of games, instead of doing like you said, making a new console every year.
    well they will have to update the console every year.. because they have a strong focus on 4k gaming and PS4 is a 1080p machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAdmiral View Post
    The way I'm thinking it, they'll only have to update the list of games, instead of doing like you said, making a new console every year.
    You must have misunderstood me. I never said they had to make a new console every year, only that the hardware that's in each of these consoles become quickly outdated. With a streaming service they will no longer have to keep the same hardware for 10 years straight.

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