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Microsoft prototypes cloud gaming, takes on Sony’s Gaikai

Microsoft prototypes cloud gaming, takes on Sony’s Gaikai

Microsoft insiders have revealed that the company is developing a cloud gaming system capable of streaming a high-quality interactive experience to a range of systems. The revelation comes just three months after Sony bought Gaikai, signaling the onset of a popcorn-worthy battle of the cloud gaming Titans that should keep us entertained for years to come. Sony is looking to roll out cloud gaming to PS3 and PS4 in 2014.

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PlayStation 4 cloud services bringing “Everything Everywhere”

PlayStation 4 cloud services bringing “Everything Everywhere”

This week the PlayStation 4 was revealed with no less than Gaikai-powered cloud gaming prepared for a future in which Sony's aim is "Everything Everywhere." In this case it means that PlayStation 3 games will be able to be played by any device at any time, streaming over the web rather than being physically run from a disk on the system. PlayStation 3 games, they've made sure to say and define several times as separate from PlayStation 4 games, will not run natively on the PlayStation 4, but with Gaikai technology you'll be able to work with these games via the cloud.

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PlayStation 4 multi-user gaming shown through Knack

PlayStation 4 multi-user gaming shown through Knack

One of the several games previewed today at the PlayStation 4 event was Knack, here being shown as a cinematic winner of a title whose gameplay is as immersive as its video segments. What we're seeing here is a game that fully utilizes the processing power of the PlayStation 4 system, bringing massive amounts of graphic pieces together to tell a story that's not just impressive graphically, but in its ability to blur the lines between storyline and gameplay as well.

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PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility to be entirely virtualized

PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility to be entirely virtualized

Sony will be taking complete advantage of its purchase of Gaikai, and it's cloud gaming services, for its soon-to-be-announced PlayStation 4. According to a recent tip from The Wall Street Journal, and a teaser video just released by Sony, we see that all signs are pointing to the PlayStation 4 being backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games through a total streaming service with Gaikai.

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Ouya Android device will be a $99 game streaming box

Ouya Android device will be a $99 game streaming box

At least one group of people thinks that Android is a solid platform for video games. There is a new device in development that uses Google's mobile OS specifically for game playback on a TV, and it carries the code name "Ouya." It doesn't appear to have an official license from Google yet, and it's unclear if the developers intend to go that route.

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Sony Google TV Blu-ray player drops OnLive support

Sony Google TV Blu-ray player drops OnLive support

Sony has axed support for OnLive game playback on its newest Google TV-powered Blu-ray player. Here's the kicker - the player hasn't even shipped yet; it isn't due to release until July 9. But after the company announced that it will acquire Gaikai - an OnLive rival - it seems like an infinitely understandable decision. Incidentally, Sony never confirmed any sort of OnLive partnership.

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So who’ll buy OnLive now?

So who’ll buy OnLive now?

Sony's acquisition of Gaikai today closes off one long-standing rumor of a cloud gaming investment, but opens up another: which rival can't afford to leave OnLive on the shelf? Whispers that Sony was eyeing a cloud specialist culminated back in May with OnLive and Gaikai presumed the most likely candidates for powering the company's long-standing "Four Screen" strategy, something Sony described as its retort to Apple's iOS, iTunes and iCloud ecosystem. That leaves OnLive potentially up for grabs, and a number of potential suitors.

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Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony has snapped up cloud gaming specialist Gaikai for $380m, the company has confirmed, with plans to roll out a new cloud service for PlayStation and home entertainment. "Sony Computer Entertainment will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service" Andrew House, president and group CEO of SCE said of the deal, "that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices."

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Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung has plans to enter the gaming business, starting off by partnering with cloud gaming service Gaikai. The South Korean manufacturer will be introducing a Samsung Cloud Gaming (SCG) platform on its new 7000 series and up Smart TVs. The service will be powered by Gaikai, but the UI and game selection is customized by Samsung.

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