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GigaBoots avatar 11:21 AM on 07.02.2012
Sony bought Gaikai, what now? Sideways Compatibility!

Sony bought Gaikai. If you watched Episode 11 of The Rant is Go! you saw that com­ing and now feel like some under­ground inter­net badass. With that out of the way, what do we talk about that I haven’t already said? Well, I think I’ll take this oppor­tu­nity to pro­vide a bit of back­ground and elab­o­rate on the how’s and why’s of the stuff I said in that episode!!

I made that video after wait­ing a week for peo­ple to say what I thought was obvi­ous. This turned out to be a mis­take because no arti­cle that I read (and I read a lot of arti­cles on the mat­ter) stated what I thought was appar­ent about this Sony/Gaikai/OnLive sit­u­a­tion. It was mostly a mis­take for 2 rea­sons. The wait was excru­ci­at­ing. I was drown­ing in Mega May-related work at the time and just wanted some­body out there get it. The sec­ond rea­son was that by the time peo­ple got to see my video they had heard so many opin­ions that they didn’t know what to think about it any­more. Peo­ple said Gaikai was a no go because of the Sam­sung and LG deals. OnLive was a clear can­di­date in most people’s minds and even those who real­ized that it was Gaikai (from know­ing any­thing about the two com­pa­nies and their founders) didn’t bring up the pos­si­bil­i­ties I did in TR!G.

I sug­gest that any­one who hasn’t seen that to go watch it. Now then, this rather unortho­dox post is to elab­o­rate on some of the things I said in there. There’s no real money in hard­ware for con­sole manufacturer’s (not even Nin­tendo any­more it seems.) They sell you the hard­ware so they can then sell you games and ser­vices. Sony is prob­a­bly inter­ested in bypass­ing the cost of another hard­ware generation’s devel­op­ment (engi­neer­ing) and con­sumers are always shy to plop down hun­dreds on a new con­sole. Because of this, Sony is remark­ably likely to enable for­wards com­pat­i­bil­ity via Gaikai. Play­ing PS4 games on a PS3/Vita. This is the true killer app. The PS3 is pow­er­ful enough to use Gaikai’s stream­ing soft­ware and it’s already out. They need to cre­ate a new mar­ket­ing cam­paign, get the PlaySta­tion Cer­ti­fied phones on board, get the Vita to play PS3/PS2/PS1 games and sell all of this through PS Stores avail­able on all of these devices. This is a type of cross-compatibility that the “Never Stop Play­ing” cam­paign pushed so hard (with­out have any­thing to back it up) so it’s clear that Sony is interested.

The PlaySta­tion Brand could become com­pletely for­ward and back­ward com­pat­i­ble (Side­ways Com­pat­i­ble?) enabling a larger audi­ence than ever to enjoy their con­tent every­where. It’s a very excit­ing time for PS and next year’s E3 (or news in gen­eral) will no doubt dwarf this year’s. Also, the Vita might appeal a bit more to peo­ple now. Thanks for read­ing this odd post. Go check out Episode 11 of The Rant is Go! and if you still want to learn more after that then check out Episode 3.


Later,
GigaDan


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