E3 2012 looks as though it might not be the hardware fest that we’d hoped for. While early rumours hinted at a launch for both the PS4 and Xbox 720, the gossip’s quietened down enough to make both seem unlikely. But maybe we’re looking at it all wrong: maybe we’ve already got the PS4 under our TV sets, and we just need Sony to hand us the keys?
A source has revealed that the company is inking a deal with “a leading cloud gaming service,” which is a deal that’ll be unveiled at E3. When you start to connect the dots, this is pretty exciting stuff.
We’re guessing that the deal is either between Sony and OnLive or Sony and Gaikai, although OnLive is the bigger on an international level. Either way, if it goes ahead it’ll mean big things. For a start, Sony will add its raft of titles to the cloud service in question, and it’ll also set the wheels in motion for the future of console gaming.
If you’re able to stream your games from elsewhere, the hardware you’ve got under your TV becomes largely irrelevant. Whether Sony’s looking to just integrate another service as a nice add-on, or fully get into cloud gaming on a more serious basis, you could argue that it makes the need for a new console redundant.
Imagine if Sony turned around and announced the ‘Sony PS4’, but as a cloud-based machine that anyone could access from their PS3s. Sony would obviously lose out in terms of hardware sales, but at the same time it would be able to offer every PS3 owner in the world a jump up to next-gen gaming without them having to leave their seats.
Stop us if you think this is too far-fetched, but if there’s one case for why Sony would want to bring cloud gaming into its portfolio, it’s surely to do with its next-gen offering? Let us know your thoughts below.