As some of you are likely well aware, Sony intends to launch their own cloud gaming service this summer.
PlayStation Now (previously called Gaikai) will basically let you stream entire PS3 video games to certain Sony devices, such as the Vita and PS3. You’ll require an additional membership to the service, rumored to be $50 / year. This will let you play your game on one device, and continue it on another, simply by logging in to your PSNow account.
Sony will also implement a try before you buy service, allowing you to demo an entire game for a set period of time. This includes all modes and features, excluding trophy data for the demo period.
While this all sounds cool, Sony’s not actually doing anything at all new or unique. In fact, they are practically copying the entire OnLive service, and all of OnLive’s features. Then, they’re charging extra to even gain access to the service, in addition to the cost of the games themselves.
Plus, to make matters even worse, Sony is claiming that this can only be done on PlayStation. As if it were exclusive to their platform.
What a load of shit, Sony. You’ve officially lost a fan, and even managed to remind me as to why I no longer support the video game industry.
Sony’s copying OnLive, charging extra for it, limiting access to specific Sony devices, and then claiming it’s unique to their platform.
For those of you interested in cloud gaming, check out OnLive. They don’t charge any kind of membership fees, and have all of the same services as PSNow. Oh, and they’ve been around for four years.
OnLive’s set to do something extraordinary within the next few months, so if you have any interest in cloud gaming, or if you simply wish to see where Sony got their idea from, you really must check out OnLive.
Seriously, what the fuck Sony?