There’s a rumor going around concerning Sony and the cloud gaming services OnLive and Gaikai. It’s thought that next week during E3, they might announce a deal with one of these companies, and somehow integrate their service into the PlayStation Network. The two services both provide games you stream instead of download, with Gaikai focusing more on demos and OnLive on full releases. As the writers over at 1Up point out, OnLive seems to make more sense. Check after the break for more information.
OnLive could fit into existing services Sony already has, mainly PlayStation Plus. Just as Sony gives Plus members access to free PSN games each month, OnLive provides a similar experience with full releases for $9.99 per month. A PS Vita OnLive app could also help with the system’s storage problem. A monthly fee for streaming games could be appealing when compared to Sony’s first party memory sticks.
But, if either plays a role in the future of the PS3, streaming demos could be a great way to not have to deal with the PlayStation Store’s notoriously slow download speeds. This, of course, would only be true if the streaming service didn’t suffer from similar problems. Overall, it’s an interesting idea, but this is still all conjecture. It would be great to see Sony support the future of digital distribution, but we’ll have to wait until E3 for some real answers.