Archives For PlayStation Now
We’re excited that Ubisoft’s amazing Assassin’s Creed series is now available on PlayStation Now.
[DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY PERSONAL BLOG, AND DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OFFICIAL POSITION OR OPINION OF SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT]
Onlive was a heck of a competitor to Gaikai, at every single turn we made different choices. It was very worrying, were we making the right choices? Our issue was that PC games (for Keyboard and mouse) were becoming really difficult to get running across a myriad of TV’s, Phones, Set-Top-Boxes, and websites from the cloud, especially as a lot of great games are no longer supported by anyone, even their publishers have disappeared. So at Gaikai we kept looking at the console libraries and sighing… How lucky they were to have organized, well supported platforms, with incredible game libraries that worked on standard controllers. (You probably were not aware that we had to modify the PC games in realtime, hiding legacy buttons, icons and features that no longer made sense etc. It was a nightmare.)
When Sony knocked on our door, we knew it was the perfect decision. The general opinion was that streaming console games would be technically impossible, which was absolutely true, but nobody really expected the level of support that the various Sony teams would provide to us (including hardware and software). We now have over 300 console titles streaming and most reviews have stopped even talking about the technology anymore, cloud gaming just works. It’s been interesting watching all the discussion swing from “can it work” to “how much does it cost?” We are certain we can work out good business models, we are thrilled that “Can it work?” has been put to bed.
Onlive did an assignment for the benefit of creditors (an asset sale) shortly after Sony acquired us. We were in complete shock.
Onlive then grew a second time enriched by new funding and new leadership, by integrating Steam versions of the games, they accelerated onboarding but they never got the chance to integrate a console library. Sony has recently acquired the Onlive intellectual property (patents), and I’m personally happy we got the patents off the market, as there are patent trolls in the game industry, people that waste an enormous amount of time trying to get rich quick by buying up patent libraries.
Anyway, I have a lot of personal respect for the management at Onlive, I’m personal friends (from the past) with executives and staff there and I wish them the best of luck going forward. We have opened up numerous job positions to help their transition in any way we can.
We feel lucky Sony gave us this chance to show that cloud gaming can make the highest quality video games as accessible as movies and music online by streaming them to any device..
Personally, our strategy has always been for the long-game. The potential of the cloud is pretty breath-taking, and we hope to show you why in the coming years.
You can read the Onlive update here: http://blog.onlive.com/
PlayStation Now has hit 300 titles to rent… You can see a full list of them here: CLICK
We’re excited for PlayStation Vita & PS4 owners as it opens up another whole catalog of games for them.
Happy to see articles like this, that are starting to reveal the potential of cloud gaming
I had our resident fighting game expert Jeffrey L. Wilson play King of Fighters 13 over PlayStation Now. He plays the game often over Steam, and offered the best sense of the game’s responsiveness when streaming: He said it looked and felt like it was a local, console version of the game. He even executed some of his favorite combos without issue. For fighting games, when frame counting and reaction times are key, this is impressive.
Very Happy that our UK gamers get to help us test PlayStation Now, if you want to help you can sign up on this page:
We’re giving selected PlayStation Plus members2 who own a PS4 the chance to be among the first to experience PS Now – and you could be one of the lucky participants.
The UK private beta trial kicks off on PS4 soon and, for the initial stages, it won’t cost you anything to take part, so register your interest now and you could be selected to be on the front line of a gaming revolution.