The gaming industry has seen a massive shift towards cloud gaming in recent years with big industry players like Microsoft and Google leading the way. However, Sony’s PlayStation has remained relatively quiet about its cloud gaming plans until now. In a recent interview, Jim Ryan, the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, confirmed that they will soon announce their “aggressive” plans for cloud gaming. In this blog post, we will discuss what we can expect from PlayStation’s foray into cloud gaming and how it could potentially tie-in with PSP 2 aka Q-Lite.
Emphasis on Game Streaming
While PlayStation already has a cloud gaming service called PlayStation Now, this service hasn’t gained as much traction as its competitors. To change that, Sony is likely to put more emphasis on game streaming in its upcoming cloud gaming plans. This means that you could potentially stream games directly to your compatible device without having to download them. Game streaming eliminates the need for expensive hardware, which makes gaming more accessible to a wider audience.
Downloading PS1-PS5 Games on PSP 2
The rumored PSP 2, also known as Q-Lite, could be a game-changer for Sony’s cloud gaming plans. With the ability to stream and even download PS1-PS5 games (with concessions), the PSP 2 could be a new way to play PlayStation games on-the-go. This feature, combined with a PS Plus Premium subscription, could make the PSP 2 a top-tier handheld device. It’s worth noting that while Sony has not yet confirmed the existence of the PSP 2, there have been many rumors and leaks about its impending release.
Cloud-Enabled Cross-Platform Play
Cross-platform play has been gaining popularity in recent years and Sony has been gradually opening up to the idea. However, implementing cross-platform play requires cloud infrastructure to support it. With its new aggressive plans for cloud gaming, Sony could potentially enable cloud-enabled cross-platform play for some of its biggest games like God of War, Spider-Man, and The Last of Us. This would be a huge win for gamers who want to play with friends regardless of the platform they’re using.
Improved Cloud Gaming Experience
One of the biggest criticisms of Sony’s cloud gaming service, PlayStation Now, is its streaming quality. While the service streams games at 720p resolution, it’s not quite on par with the 1080p resolutions that competitors like Google Stadia and Xbox Game Pass offer. With its aggressive plans for cloud gaming, Sony may be looking to improve the overall cloud gaming experience, including improving the streaming quality, adding more games, and making the service more affordable.
Integration with PlayStation 5
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that PlayStation’s aggressive plans for cloud gaming will likely tie-in with its current-gen console, the PlayStation 5. With the rise of cloud gaming, consoles like the PS5 could potentially become less relevant. To stay ahead of the curve, Sony may be planning to integrate cloud gaming directly into the PS5’s ecosystem. This could include a dedicated cloud gaming app, cloud-enabled game modes, and more.
Sony’s upcoming announcement of its aggressive plans for cloud gaming has the potential to shake up the gaming industry. With game streaming, cloud-enabled cross-platform play, and a potential tie-in with the rumored PSP 2, Sony could be looking to reach a much wider audience than before. Whether Sony’s plans will bear fruit or not is yet to be seen, but it’s clear that cloud gaming is the future of gaming, and Sony wants to be a big part of that future.