Is PlayStation 3 Sony’s Last Console? Cloud-Based Playstation 4 Suggested

16 January 2012
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Of course Sony would never suggest themselves the PlayStation 3 is their last console, since it’s the company’s only profitable unit, but cloud platform provider Gaikai suggested just that at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show 2012! They mentioned one of the current console manufacturers does not have plans to join the 8th console generation.

Since Nintendo have already announced their next-generation console, the Wii U. And Microsoft leaks have indicated the Xbox 720 is in development with a Windows 8-related Xbox roadmap. That leaves Sony who insist they won’t talk about PlayStation 4 until 2016 at the earliest. Hence the rumor is Gaikai and Sony sitting in a tree… C-L-O-U-D-I-N-G. All jokes aside, here’s what Tom reports Gaikai said that jump-started all sort of rumors.

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  • “Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation.” -Gaikai

    To quote, chief product officer for Gaikai, Nanea Reeves:

    “Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3 [this year].”

    Sony’s executive deputy president Kaz Hirai that same week responded to Bloomberg about future PlayStation consoles. He said:

    PlayStation Network enables PS3, PS2, PS1, PSP, PS Vita game downloads“It’s very important that we continue to have a dedicated home-based console. Relying solely on networks to deliver content is unfortunately just not possible. It’s still very difficult to have consumers download 50 gigabytes of data or more.” He once again stated that the PlayStation 3 console will have a 10-year-lifecycle, which its only halfway into at the moment.

    But they are such vague statements that you can read them as both a pro and a con towards cloud-gaming, so let’s just stick with the literal meaning: The PlayStation 4 isn’t going to appear on the table anytime soon. Although Sony Consumer Electronics also creates many different (Vaio) PC ranges, so having their games appear cross-platform via cloud-gaming, might help expand the PlayStation brand to Sony computers (note: plans have already been made for PlayStation Network support for Vaio).

    “Whether it’s in mobile or cloud-based services, there are opportunities there…” -Andrew House

    Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House previously mentioned at the Japanese PS Vita launch that “Whether it’s in mobile or cloud-based services, there are opportunities there for more casual content and in our case potentially for legacy content, which we would definitely like to explore. But I think we are a way away from being able to deliver the full-on top-end experience like that.

    The scale of data involved and issues around latency do mean that, at least for now, the easiest consumer experience is from physical media.”

    This Sony commercial shows they want the PlayStation Network to be part of everyday life.

    Perhaps Gaikai – who certainly have to gain from a cloud-based console future – are merely trying to plant the seed of an idea in one of the console manufacturer’s minds. Anyone who’s seen the movie Inception knows how dangerous that can be!

    Would you like a PlayStation 4 launch in 2014-ish or rather have a cloud-based future altogether?


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    • ContinuosBlaz

      Damn… My friend just showed me the recently leaked information of the Playstation 4 and Xbox

      720 and I must say, I was completely amazed. I didn’t think this info would be released for quite

      a while, but it’s managed to find its way onto the Internet, luckily!

      If you guys want to check out the PS4 and Xbox 720 for yourselves, here’s the site I saw them on:

    • Roshaan

         Lol Inception analogy, it’s funny ’cause it’s true! Anyways, I’m fed up with Sony’s vague statements pertaining not only to the release of the PlayStation 4 but as well the a allegations of cloud-based gaming.
         Personally, I don’t think it can be decided whether gamers want cloud-based gaming or just the regular Sony combo.
         In cloud-based gaming, the companies offer games through there very own servers which gives access to a whole market of games, without the need of actual discs. Not only that, but they’ve stated that gamers would be able to play games on their computer without any wire, controller or official console. In addition, they’ve stated you could do all of this ‘regardless’ of how powerful the computer is. So just take a second to think about this… In a world with no consoles, but just computers and a gaming service based on the engine of Netflix services.
         Yet, the cloud-based gaming market is offering their services at nearly $15 per month, games not included. It’s really up to the consumer if they’re willing to pay that amount to have access to streamed games and also to pay the amount for the games itself.
         Basically, cloud-based gaming is just a gradual trend in the gaming world. It’s expanded but not to the point where it can be considered as the Johnny Depp of the OnDemand services (If you lived through the 90s, you’d know what I meant).
         In conclusion, let me put this way, what do you think happened when everyone was walking down the street with a CD Player, from RadioShack, in their hand listening to Brittany Spears new track and suddenly out of nowhere someone shouted ”Hey! What if we were able to put the content on CD’s on computers, digitally”? Obviously, everyone was unsure about the topic from transferring music from CD’s to computers, yet look how well iTunes and Rhapsody has turned out.
         It can also really all come down to your intention of staying as an analog player in a digital world.

    • Lhardwick69

      cloud based isnt going to be for everyone–onlive depends on the cloud based gaming and my internet isnt fast enough to go it so i cant play it–if the next gen systems go cloud then i will not be able to play games anymore and that sucks

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