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Is streaming the future of gaming? Sony's betting on it.
With the ongoing battle between publishers and retailers over used games—not to mention the fight against piracy—it stands to reason that a move away from physical media is the future for the video game industry. It’s a transition already fully underway in the film industry, with digital movie rentals, sales, and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime rapidly becoming the preferred method of watching movies at home. Some companies have tried to bring streaming to the gaming market, with OnLive being the most notable, but the big console manufacturers have been mum on the subject. That is, until now. It was announced today that Sony is purchasing Gaikai, another popular cloud-based video game streaming service.
Tech specs, the name "Orbis," and a launch window of 2013 are speculated.
Some strong PlayStation 4 rumors have surfaced yesterday and have been swirling around the internet. A "trusted source" is claiming that the next console from Sony will be entitled "Orbis" and will be released next winter. It is not made clear if this is the American, European, or Japanese street date.
Could Monster Hunter be just what the Vita needs?
It’s hard to say that the Japanese PlayStation Vita launch has been a resounding success. Slow sales have many gamers proclaiming the handheld’s demise even before it is launched in North America and Europe next month. Even with near abysmal sales, PlayStation France CEO Philippe Cardon doesn’t believe there is anything to worry about, saying that the Japanese launch only lacked a special something that will be coming later this year: Monster Hunter.
Sony takes a long hard look at the mobile market and comes to the conclusion that change is necessary.
With the dawning of DLC updates, digital distribution and cheap mobile and iOS gaming experiences the long accepted concept of a fixed price structure for video games has come under fierce scrutiny. This is particularly true in the handheld sector, which is arguably starting to feel the sting of the free and $5 game apps that are muscling into territory long unchallenged.
Launch line-up may hint at what North American gamers could expect on February 22, 2012.
Sony has been giving Europe a lot of love when it comes to the PlayStation Vita, especially with the recent Vita-centric event held in London where Michael Denny, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios Europe, announced the first party European Launch Line-up.
The trademark lends further proof of the final VIta name for the NGP.
While later today, Sony will officially be donning the NGP with a final name, it appears the sleuths of the internet have uncovered a staggering amount of evidence that the system will be named PS Vita, or PSV as I have been calling it. The latest bit of evidence is a trademark registered on the OHIM website to Sony Computer Entertainment. Included with the trademark is the logo depicted here. Just a few more hours and we'll know for sure what exactly the PS Vita is and if it is indeed the final name for Sony's next handheld, the NGP.