Sony prepping PlayStation Cloud?

Ahead of 2013 PlayStation Meeting, company registers several domain names hinting at cloud-gaming support.

Ahead of Sony's major New York City event tomorrow, the company has registered a series of domain names related to something called PlayStation Cloud. As spotted by Superannuation, the domain names are registered to a Gaikai system administrator and IT manager.

Sony acquired cloud-gaming company Gaikai last year for $380 million to establish a new cloud service combining Gaikai's resources with its own. A new Wall Street Journal report suggests the PlayStation 4 will be backwards compatible, allowing gamers to stream PlayStation 3 titles.

A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment.

Sony is expected to announce the PlayStation 4 tomorrow at its 2013 PlayStation Meeting, beginning at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST. GameSpot and its sister sites will be in attendance at the event, which will also be live-streamed.

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Flint247
Flint247

Cloud gaming is cool as an option, but I hope it does not become a standard.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Funny how you can tell an articles gonna be a shitty Mackuch piece of crap just from the headline, without even having to see it was in fact yet another vapid lazy piece of gutter trash copy+pasting.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Cloud saves and such are nice. It is just the modern trend of replacing USB sticks with harddrive space accessible from the internet. Of course now they can look through all my saves and find out what I have been playing and such, but I think that is a good thing because devs can find out exactly what I play, how, and when and hopefully can produce more stuff that I like. 

Bet it is only available for people that subscribe though...

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Wait just few hours then we will have facts instead of rumors

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

Will PS4 offer backwards compatibility

 with original PS3 game discs?


Zoza24
Zoza24

I can see this technology supporting MMO's, and Sony Tablets and Smartphones..

Bretar81
Bretar81

In theory it could be good, however as the internet infrastructure is basically pants in a lot of areas then basing the whole system on it would be a bad idea.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Aww I was hoping for the controller that could split apart.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Cloud gaming is a nice feature I just hope Sony doesn't over play it. 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

internet here is to slow for cloud gaming so looks like i might skip this gen console and stick with PC gaming

SC-Genjisamurai
SC-Genjisamurai

Please no! I dont want to stream any game online!!!! I already have to deal with trying not to go over the maximum limit on data cap for internet usage downloading large games off psn. But to stream to play them is  a NO NO! I will be keeping my ps3 but it would be kind of nice not to have so many products hooked up to my tv...

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

lol at people whining about cloud gaming, its a great concept. do you also cry about netflix, how for $10 a month. you get to watch movies and stuff while not owning them. as long as the price is low for titles, its not going to be bad. 

avanent
avanent

Lame. I'll wait til the end of its cycle to buy it, if at all; just like I have with PS3- just got on this past Christmas, but had a 360 early on. Hopefully Microsoft continues playing it smart since Sony's still using this foolish business method instead of paying attention to what made them succesful and and profitable in the VG industry with PS1 & PS2.

wyan_
wyan_

Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of streamballs.

Double-Ego
Double-Ego

I hope the cloud service only serves as a way to provide some form of backwards compatibilty for ps3 games. Because for anything other then that i think it will fail, just take a look at how Onlive fared. 

It's to early to do serious cloudgaming.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

As long as they don't force me to "stream" a game I'm fine with anything, I'd much rather have the game on the hard drive to be honest.

poamar
poamar

backwards compatibility with the ps3 will definitely contribute to the ps4's success. put that on the cloud as well? sounds like it could be very popular indeed

Jarten
Jarten

One thing I know is that  I'm not a fan of repaying for games I already purchased and I'm not a fan of having to pay monthly fees for something I already payed for as well. All I'm saying is that I'm hoping the PS3 playback is free for games I already have.

hadlee73
hadlee73

We're going to need *a lot* more bandwidth availability in my country before streaming games over the internet becomes a reality.

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

Sounds like this is a harbinger to the PS4 blocking used games. Just let me pop my PS3 games in the PS4 and let me play them directly off the disc, none of this cloud streaming bullsh!t . . .

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

Tomorrow the world will see a new nuclear bomb called  "PS4" Booooooooooooooooooooo to the haters.

TrueGB
TrueGB

I was counting on the PS4 to be able to play PSN games and the PS3 games I missed, so they better not screw this up.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

I can't think of anything interesting to say that's actually related to this article, so...

Gaben can't count to 3

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

So either a monthly fee for acces to PS3 games, or you purchase those games again on their cloud service.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Sony on February 20 : "The PS4 won't have disks or hard drives.  All the games will be streamed in low resolution at 20 fps through Gaikai.  The console will only cost 300$, with a 50$ per month subscription."

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

@Bretar81 support google fiber.... just saying 100$ a month for tv + 1gig bandwidth internet too good.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@aryanbrar You obviously don't pay the bills in your house, or else just don't have to deal with data caps, unlike most of america.

179107199999
179107199999

@aryanbrar SC GenjiSamurai has a valid point as does Gh05T-666. I've heard Streaming increases game lag and isn't as great as playing a physical disc and I personally feel America has a low Internet standard as opposed to the rest of  the world.Also some of us are being raped by Cable companies which could give us more but well....money is money....(I hate you time warner and your monopoly ways....)

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

@avanent So, you'll get the Xbox TV. Good for you. I rather play games.

poamar
poamar

with digital distribution seeing more attention, and cloud gaming like the nvidia shield gaining more traction, it seems like a smart move for sony to adopt a cloud platform

emperiox
emperiox

@Deadman_est1982 LOL, since when is 50% considered dirt cheap? They need to be $10 MAX if they want people to buy them.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@Spartan_418 

Can't use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch without being able to count to three.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

@Phazevariance 

Or they might include it with your PS+ membership. I've upgraded my PS3s with 1TB harddrives to accomodate all the content I've been getting with PS+. It would actually be pretty cool if it eventually turned into kind've a Netflix for gamers

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@nurnberg  The console's final name is believed to be  Playstation NEAR. The "Playstation Cloud" services will be its main feature.



eLLiptiX
eLLiptiX

@179107199999 @aryanbrar I'm not sure the speculation fits as to actually streaming a live game online.  The new popular type of format for our games is having a client to manage them.  For example Steam allows you to download the game onto your hard drive while negating the physical copy all together.

In terms of purchasing and organization, Cloud gaming is definitely the way to go..  streaming a live game online?  I doubt the console next gen is ready for that, nor do I believe the technology is present for consoles to accomplish this.  That would take a beefy network card that would significantly amp up the price for the overall system..

Consoles have always geared towards feeding the masses..  Sony's first mistake was making the PS3 unobtainable to the masses, and I think they learned from this. e.g. $600.00 price tag? But again that's just my opinion.


179107199999
179107199999

@eLLiptiX @179107199999 @aryanbrar I like what you say.Sony's equivalent to Cloud is Gaikai.But It does seem logical that Consoles aren't ready.From what I've read and heard these Consoles are just low brow PCs. As for the idea of Cloud Gaming. I'm opposed to it because online anything can happen.It would suck if you data was trashed.I still prefer an HD or even a Memory Card (LOL).Honestly though I hear the good but there's always a bad side like what a mentioned before.You bring good points but I'd like to hear other stuff that could go wrong.And while its cool to play old classics on PSN it kinda seems like its Emulation.Haven't played the cloud yet and maybe its because I'm a Dinosaur but I rather have my data at my side so to speak Not floating around in space.Its only a matter of time before something crazy happens.(LOL Dinosaurs!!!!)

eLLiptiX
eLLiptiX

@179107199999 @aryanbrar I'd also like to daisy chain onto this...  let's say the Cloud gaming hype boasts backwards compatibility all the way back to PS1..  let's say you still currently own PS1 games and decide to slide them into your Playstation 4, and that Cloud recognizes you own these titles, and allows you to continually play them through their digital libarary..  sounds pretty convenient right?

It's not unobtainable..  just look at what Cloud based game systems are doing now..  For example I owned a physical copy of Dishonored.. since Steam has rights to this game..  it auto updates and manages this game for me rendering the physical copy totally useless..  THAT technology is there and available..  then people complain..  uh..  that's not an old game dood!  No kidding..  I still play Twisted Metal 2 on PSN..  I Still play Mortal Kombat 2 on PSN..  

poamar
poamar

@DarkSaber2k yeah i've been reading the thread and it seems fiber optic needs to happen. japan is already there tho, the US is just slow in implementation. nonetheless if the ps4 is only backwards-compatible via the cloud then yeah i agree that would suck

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@poamar @LindBergh2007 Two words: Data Cap.