Sony’s acquisition of the Gaikai video game streaming service has prompted a number of analysts to talk about how it might influence the present of the PlayStation 3 and the next generation of hardware from the company.
Billy Pidgeon believes that, “It might seem counter-intuitive, but I think Sony should use Gaikai to bypass consoles and use streaming games to bring PSN to PC, tablets, smartphones and televisions.”
“Consumers are going to be able to access games on multiple devices from a variety of hardware vendors using networked services from Apple, Google and Microsoft, and Sony will also have to compete on hardware other than its own,” he continues.
David Cole, from DFC Intelligence, mentions, “The thing about services like Gaikai and OnLive is you still need a screen. In the case of Gaikai the service was also about driving users to buy a full version of the product for their specific hardware device.”
Jeremy Miller, from DFC Intelligence, believes that one of the main uses for Gaikai will be to boost the digital power of the PlayStation 3 and wonders how the system might work with a box designed to simply stream content to television sets.