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Cloud in Smash

Everything we know about Cloud in Smash Bros. from both a Final Fantasy and Smash perspective

In incredible detail
Nov 17
// Brett Makedonski
In the wake of last week's reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Super Smash Bros., some people have managed to put together videos analyzing his introduction in great detail. We have two great examples for you. The firs...
Xbox cloud storage photo
Xbox cloud storage

Xbox 360 cloud storage bumped up to 2GB

Good news for backward compatibility
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft pushed out an update on Xbox 360 today that extends the console's cloud storage -- you'll now have 2GB of space for your precious save files. That's not all: Accept Terms of Use – You can now connect your Xbo...
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Shinra Technologies

Square Enix establishes cloud gaming firm Shinra

Beta tests for new service planned for 2015
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix has announced the establishment of Shinra Technologies, a cloud gaming company spearheaded by erstwhile Square Enix president Yoichi Wada. The subsidiary, which takes its moniker from the organization in Final Fan...
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New Crackdown

Xbox exec: New Crackdown will be a showcase for evolution of cloud power

Makes sense from a company named Cloudgine
Jun 10
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft's long sang the praises of the power of the cloud, especially with regard to Xbox One. One of the games announced yesterday during the Xbox press conference may be a shining example of what the cloud can do. Today,...


Microsoft acquires cloud-computing company GreenButton

High-performance cloud tech
May 02
// Dale North
Microsoft has acquired a high-performance cloud-computing company named GreenButton today. The two companies have worked together in the past, with GreenButton also providing services to HP, Amazon, and others. But TechCrunch...
Harness your imagination
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. That's what the focus of this week's Dumb Idiot Ideas is the power of the cloud, and how it will change all of us as people.


PlayStation Now beta invites are rolling out, uh, now

Did you receive your special beta access?
Jan 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The PlayStation Now streaming services that will let you play PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games over the internet on your PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and other supported devices such as t...

PlayStation Now hands-on impressions

Jan 07 // Dale North
What's neat about the particular Bravia television I tried The Last of Us on was that it features Bluetooth connectivity so that the DualShock 3 controllers can connect directly. Being a connected TV is what enables it to support PS Now. There's no other kind of background magic going on. I suspect that the bigger the TV, the more you'll be bothered by the compression artifacts that this streaming tech causes. This 60-inch 4K set showed some blurry blobs in a Beyond:Two Souls cutscene. The darker scenes of The Last of Us also seemed to block out a bit. It's not necessarily harder to see your way around, but the dark colors don't do the tech any favors. Those seeking out find details and bright colors will be a bit disappointed. But we're nowhere near deal breaker territory here. God of War: Ascension looked great, even right up on the screen. And it's not like Beyond and The Last of Us looked bad. It looks just as you'd except -- like a streaming game. When you boil it all down, you're probably not looking for streaming evidence why you're playing. Or at least you shouldn't be. With the Vita, you’ll have to work hard to find visual issues. The small screen does streaming play a lot of favors. It's hard to see the loss of detail, and the hit to color isn't as severe. Puppeteer looked really nice, and I think I'd rather play The Last of Us on the Vita after trying the two side by side. God of War: Ascension looked good enough that I forgot I was playing a streaming game. I don't know that I could say the same thing about the Bravia setup. More importantly, everything I tried played wonderfully. Both the Vita and Bravia setups played well enough that there's really nothing to talk about here. It is actually easy to not be impressed because it works exactly as you'd expect. Responsive, lag free, and totally without incident -- flawless. It remains to be seen if we'll see as respectable performance over wireless and Internet connections. And we have yet to try mobile and tablet play. I feel like, no matter the situation, Gaikai's tech will be good enough for me to enjoy all of the old PlayStation RPGs via PS Now. Action and arcade may not fare as well. We'll see. A closed beta for Now will kick off at the end of the month. Launch date, cost, and other details are further off.
PS Now impressions photo
Both Vita and Bravia TV
Sony set up a media mixer today outside of CES to let us get a better look at PlayStation Now, their new streaming technology they announced this morning. The same games were available on the Vita and Bravia television demo stations: God of War: Ascension, Puppeteer, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls.

PlayStation Now photo
Backwards compatibility arrives this summer in the US
Revealed by Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House at CES 2014, the company's Gaikai-powered cloud gaming service is called PlayStation Now, and it's coming sooner than anticipated -- this summer in the United States. T...

PS Now hands-on photo
PS Now hands-on

PlayStation Now really works!

First hands-on from CES
Jan 07
// Dale North
I just had my first hands on with the newly announced PlayStation Now streaming service here at CES 2014, and I'm here to tell you that it seems to work beautifully.
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Shield 1080p streaming

Update for Nvidia Shield unlocks 1080p streaming

So many pixels in the air
Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
The Nvidia Shield, the little controller with a screen attached to it, just rolled out an update that lets it stream games in 1080p. Before this update, it could only stream games in 720p. This update also touch controls from...
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DICE tech

DICE CEO ponders using cloud power to create clouds

Prepare 4 weather
Dec 03
// Steven Hansen
In a recent Guardian interview, EA DICE head Patrick Söderlund talked about some of the new avenues cloud computing is opening for developers and posed the question, "what if we had servers where it pulls in just things ...
PS4 photo

PS4 Gaikai streaming expected to launch in Q3 2014

Backwards compatibility is a ways off
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
Backwards compatibility may not matter very much to most consumers, but to people like me who have extensive libraries and only so much physical space in our media centers, support for older software is of great importance. W...
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Forza 5 & the cloud

Forza 5 only 1080p, 60fps because of the Xbox One cloud

Man talks about cloud
Nov 08
// Steven Hansen
When asked why Forza 5 was billed as, "only possible on the Xbox One," Turn 10 creative director Dan Greenawalt explained, "we could have done cloud-powered opponents last generation, but we would have had to have done all ...
Xbox One photo
Xbox One

The network isn't there yet for Xbox One cloud streaming

Prior experiments were exactly that: experiments
Nov 08
// Jordan Devore
In late September, word got out that Microsoft was testing cloud streaming of Halo 4 to Windows Phone and PC. Speaking about this internal prototype with Polygon, Xbox senior director of product management and planning Albert...

Project Flare, Square Enix's cloud-based tech

They're partnering with Ubisoft to kick it off
Nov 05
// Dale North
Square Enix's move into cloud gaming is called Project Flare. It's not cloud games, though -- it's more about the technology running the games. They announced that they're working with companies such as Ubisoft to explore the...
Microsoft photo

Microsoft reportedly testing its own cloud streaming

Halo on your PC?
Sep 27
// Jordan Devore
From the sound of it, there will soon be no escape streaming games. Sony will use Gaikai to stream PlayStation 3 games to PS4, there's also the PS Vita TV, and similar functionality is planned for Steam users who purchase or ...
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Cloud gaming

PlayStation game streaming could come to other devices

From PCs to tablets to televisions
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
Sony has already touched on its intention to launch a streaming service next year in North America through Gaikai that will allow PlayStation 3 titles to be streamed to PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS Vita TV. Perhaps not the ...
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Forza 5

Forza 5 developer: 'Xbox One cloud offers 600% more AI'

Turn 10 talks about the challenges of next-gen development
Aug 01
// Chris Carter
Forza 5 is coming later this year on the Xbox One, and if it's even half as good as promised, it'll probably be a treat for racing fans. Developer Turn 10 recently spoke to OXM about the development process, and mostly chose ...
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Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive has an offline single-player mode

That's Insomniac's intent, anyway
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
While we've only really seen a conceptual trailer for the eye-catching Sunset Overdrive, I'm hopeful this will be a return to form for developer Insomniac Games. It's post-apocalyptic, but not in the usual drab way. Speaking ...
Titanfall & Xbox Cloud photo
Titanfall & Xbox Cloud

Titanfall engineer on using the Xbox Live Cloud

Man yells about cloud
Jun 24
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft has been pushing the "infinite power of the cloud" hard with its Xbox One, perhaps partially to make up for the technological advantage held by Sony's PS4 specs, or maybe just for the sake of buzzwords. If they repe...
Xbox One servers photo
Xbox One servers

MS spending $700M on servers because the cloud demands it

Apparently Iowa is a hotbed for this sort of thing
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft has promised 300,000 servers dedicated to supporting Xbox Live on the Xbox One, and it looks like Iowa will be the home to a sizable chunk of them. Of course, it won't come cheap. Microsoft is putting almost $700 mi...

Blow: Microsoft's lying about Xbox One cloud power

Jonathan Blow disputes the cloud's infinite power
May 27
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft has been making a big deal about the "infinite power of the cloud," claiming it'll make the Xbox One more powerful, with enhanced, superior games. Jonathan Blow, the man behind Braid and The Witness, disagrees, goin...
TERA photo

Start playing TERA: Rising sooner with data streaming

Partnership with Happy Cloud announced
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
On-demand cloud gaming provider Happy Cloud and En Masse Entertainment have teamed up to offer faster access to TERA: Rising. Players can now check out the free-to-play MMORPG without going through the typical installation pr...
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Unity + Sony

Sony partners with Unity for PS4, Vita, cloud, and more

Bring on the games
Mar 21
// Jordan Devore
A new strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment and Unity means we're going to be seeing a lot more of the popular game engine on PlayStation hardware. Beyond the current support for PlayStation 3, this arrang...
Everything Everywhere photo
Everything Everywhere

PS4 has cloud-based backwards compatibility

PS1, PS2, PS3 games on PS4
Feb 20
// Josh Tolentino
Backwards compatibility of some kind has always been a feature of PlayStation platforms since the PS2. The PS2 could play PS1 games and for a solid chunk of time the PS3 could play both PS2 and PS1 games. The PS4 is set to ha...
Sony Event photo
Sony Event

Gaikai CEO announces instant streaming through the PS4

PlayStation Event, New York, 02/20/13
Feb 20
// Chris Carter
David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, and winner of the "sharpest suit of the night" award, took the stage tonight to give us some more news on the PlayStation 4. Perry boasts that through the power of Gaikai, the PlayStation Network w...

WSJ says that next PlayStation will stream PS3 games

Using Gaikai tech
Feb 15
// Dale North
Whatever this next PlayStation system is will stream PS3 games via Gaikai technology, says a WSJ source (subscription required). Remember when Sony bought Gaikai? This is what they were planning, it seems. Backwards...

Gabe Newell is a skeptic of cloud gaming

Face, cloud gaming
Feb 07
// Dale North
Valve's Gabe Newell gave us his thoughts on cloud gaming this morning at his D.I.C.E. Summit keynote, saying that he's a skeptic of the technology. While he backs in-home streaming as a solution for getting PC games on living...

Nintendo: Cloud gaming is not the future

Iwated poo-poos the idea of a cloud-based tomorrow
Feb 05
// Jim Sterling
Those no-good kids, with their hula hoops and their clouds. Back in my day, there was only one Cloud in gaming, and he carried a sword twice his height like a real man does. New technology confuses and angers me, and you bett...

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