E3 2012 Rumors: Sony to Strike a Deal with OnLive or Gaikai for Cloud Gaming on PlayStation

By Vamien McKalin | May 25, 2012 12:24 PM EDT

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Rumors are popping up about a possible Sony bombshell at this year's E3 game show. VG247 reported earlier that it has learned from inside sources of Sony's plan to partner with either Gaikai or OnLive to allow video game streaming on PlayStation hardware. This could mean by the end of the year, PlayStation gamers could have the option to stream games rather than play them locally which is actually cheaper than buying a game on disc for $60.

Follow us

If for some reason this report is true and Sony strikes a deal with Gaikai or OnLive (preferably OnLive,) then PlayStation gamers would be in for a treat because they would be able to play games that are not available on PlayStation consoles. Imagine sitting around your beloved PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita and playing the awesome Metro: 2033 that is only available for PC and 360? That would definitely turn heads.

To add fuel to fire, SCEE PlayStation Plus Content Manager, Ross McGrath, tweeted earlier in the week that everyone who hasn't subscribed to PlayStation Plus as of yet should do so now, if even to begin with a 3 month subscription for starts. Could McGrath be gearing everyone up for some video game streaming goodness or was he referring to something else altogether? E3 is less than two weeks away. By then we shall have an idea what is truly going on.

What is OnLive?

It's a cloud gaming platform that debuted in 2010. Games on the platform are rendered and stored on remote servers, which means all you need to play some of the top high quality games is an Internet connection, a normal non-gaming Windows PC, Mac OSX 10.5.8 or later, Android smartphone and tablets, or an iOS device.

So far over 50 publishers have released games on the OnLive platform, with over 270 games being available since this time of writing.

What is Gaikai?

Gaikai is not as robust and powerful as OnLive, since the platform doesn't allow users to play the full version of games over the Internet. The main purpose of Gaikai is to play demos via the cloud and purchase the full game through the Web browser which would then be shipped off to you.

The service which began in 2008 is now available in 12 countries in North America and Europe.

 

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
T-Mobile Samsung Gear S Samsung Gear S 3G smartwatch gets wearable-specific data plan on T-Mobile – Prices & options
‘World’s narrowest’ FHD smartphone display from LG is virtually bezel-free
Samsung Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 break cover with full-metal unibody designs & more (VIDEO)
Droid Turbo global version launching on Nov. 5 as Moto Maxx?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Flipboard for Windows Phone Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now
Instagram releases Bolt ephemeral messaging app in select markets to challenge Snapchat
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics