PlayStation 4 to Simply be PlayStation 3 Plus Gaikai?
There are persistent rumours regarding the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Things such as what kind of specs will they have? How will they compare to current consoles and gaming PCs and finally how will cloud computing fit into this picture?
At the moment, none of these questions have clear answers. However, one thing that is clear is that Sony have bought online gaming outfit Gaikai. At the moment, Gaikai have around 30 games available to play online, including such A-listers as Saints Row The Third, Mass Effect 3 and The Witcher 2. However, now that Sony owns them, we can expect this list to expand dramatically. Like the OnLive service, the games are rendered in the Gaikai cloud on servers with high-powered graphics cards and streamed to a device of your choosing, which doesn't need any special rendering powers. Therefore a mobile phone would work just as well as a tablet, a games console or a high powered gaming PC - which would now be made redundant. I can hear the wail of PC gaming enthusiasts now! Hence the 'PS4' might be nothing more than the current PS3 using Gaikai's streaming service.
The graphics quality is on par with current consoles already and will likely be improved on by Sony to make it more attractive for potential customers. Of course, what this will do to the broadband bills for those without an unlimited service remains to be seen. Will we see special "gaming" tariffs for example? We will have to wait and see.
Is Sony about to dominate every personal and home media device by releasing the PS4 into every home? We all have PCs, PS3s, Mobile phones and tablets. Already we are seeing Gaikai being released onto Samsung’s 2012 LED 7000 line and newer model TVs. Maybe we already have the next super console. Maybe Sony will release a stand alone micro box just like OnLive. Or maybe Sony will release a full blown PS4. Only time will tell.
Posted by | Mon, Jul 09, 2012 - 05:31 PM