Does Playstation Now Signal The End Of Consoles?

Jan 8 2014, 10:30am CST | by

Does Playstation Now Signal The End Of Consoles?

It’s time to revisit an old saw. Hello, saw. How are you? It’s been a little while! Months, at least. Still predicting the end of the traditional console industry due to cloud-based game streaming services? Oh, that’s lovely. What do you think of Sony’s announcement of Playstation Now?

On Tuesday, we got our first look at Sony’s long-awaited game streaming service, Playstation Now. In its most ideal state, it would represent a total overhaul of games hardware as we know it. When it launches, the company says that players will be able to play PS2 and PS3 games on essentially any internet connected device, whether its the PS4, the Vita, a smartphone, or a Sony-TV. A far away server farm does all of the computational heavy lifting, and game plays in our hands like an interactive Youtube video.

If it works, that means the end of consoles. Local computing, and thus the need to have a $400 computer humming away beneath your flatscreen becomes obsolete. No PS4s, no Xbox Ones, just an internet connection piping games directly to your TV.

This is, of course, not the first time we’ve heard about this sort of thing. There are numerous obstacles to making this a reality, not the least of which are broadband speeds and latency. There’s naturally no mention of streaming PS4 games, and one wonders how well this will work with the most processor-intensive actions out there. The failure of Onlive reminds us that even though the world may theoretically have the technology required, reality still has some tricks up its sleeve.

And yet, things are different this time around. This is some possibly  mismanaged startup taking aim at titans, this is Sony, an extant titan. It has the resources and the industry clout to make a serious stab at this, and while this would be far from the first time Sony has been wrong about something or over-promised, having the blessing of an international conglomerate still lends a certain legitimacy.

This summer we’ll be able to see if Playstation Now works as well as we want it to, and if Sony can develop a pricing system that makes sense for all involved. My guess is that it will crash and burn for the first few weeks, as all internet-based gaming services seem to, and then normalize to something perfectly fine. Not amazing, not a failure, but good enough to enjoy Uncharted on an iPad, if you so desire.

It will only get better. I don’t think that we’ll ever see a PS5, and in five years or so, this tech will be strong enough to support whatever we ask from it. Sony is right to get out ahead of this trend — while it would mean the death of its games hardware business, it gives it a chance at a much juicier prize. Playstation Now would allow Sony to sell blades without razors, and that’s a recipe for profit.

Source: Forbes Apple

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

The Best Black Friday iPad Deals
The Best Black Friday iPad Deals
The Apple iPad Black Friday 2014 Deals started to sell.
 
 
Amazon Black Friday 2014 Sale has Started
Amazon Black Friday 2014 Sale has Started
The Amazon Black Friday 2014 sale is officially here. Earlier than ever Amazon offers Black Friday 2014 deals.
 
 
iPhone 6 Plus Delivery Time Reduced
iPhone 6 Plus Delivery Time Reduced
The shipping estimation of the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus has been down to 7-10 days
 
 
Best Buy Reveals Pre-Black Friday Offers for Apple Devices
Best Buy Reveals Pre-Black Friday Offers for Apple Devices
The iPad Air is being sold at a discount of $80-$100
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Sharif urges Obama to take up Kashmir issue with India
Islamabad, Nov 22 (IANS) As US President Barack Obama confirmed his India visit for the Republic Day next year, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged him to take up the Kashmir issue with India. Obama spoke to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Hiding tattoos irks Chris Hemsworth
Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Chris Hemsworth says he hates having his tattoos covered while shooting for films. In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, the actor also mentioned that it takes hours to cover the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Bynes has real medical issue: Ribeiro
Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Alfonso Ribeiro says actress Amanda Bynes, who grabbed headlines recently for her erratic behaviour, acted strangely on the set of the film "Love Wrecked" in 2005. In an interview with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Walmart 1-Hour Deals also Available Online
The Walmart Black Friday 2014 Ad revealed 9 1-Hour Guarantee Doorbuster deals available in the Walmart Black Friday 2014 Sale. The Walmart Black Friday 2014 sale will start online Thanksgiving morning and lead right...
Read more on Black Friday Countdown
 
Pune FC aim for semi-spot in King's Cup
Thimpu, Nov 22 (IANS) Pune FC will be up against fellow Indian side Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) in a crucial third round group stage encounter of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium here Sunday. The...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
We're doing okay: Zak after Robin Williams' death
Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Late actor-comedian Robin Williams' son Zak says that the family is still coming to terms with life after the actor's death. Zak, 31, opened up about how his family is coping since his...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Indian golfers Shiv, Chiragh tied 13th, 14th at Manila
Manila, Nov 22 (IANS) Indian golfers Shiv Kapur and Chiragh Kumar fired five-under 67 each to finish tied 13th and joint 14th, respectively, after the third round of the $1 million Manila Masters at the par-72 Manila...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Saarc panel decides to close regional centres
Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) The Saarc Programming Committee, meeting here Saturday for its 49th session ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit, has decided to close down three regional centres and merge four others, bringing down...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Nepal-India border to be sealed during Modi visit
Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) Some parts of the Nepal-India border will be sealed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, an official said here Saturday. Three...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Australia rest pace trio ahead of India series
Melbourne, Nov 22 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) Saturday opted to rest pace trio Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood for the upcoming Sheffield Shield round matches, keeping in mind the upcoming Test...
Read more on Sport Balla