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.
Take to the skies in this latest Planetside 2 gameplay trailer.
It's the best version of the game, for only 5 times its normal mobile pricing!
Plants vs. Zombies has already made its way to every gaming platform known to man. While I say this facetiously, the tower-defense title has been adapted for a wide variety of platforms since initially debuting on the PC in 2009. While it started on the PC, Plants vs. Zombies found its true home on the mobile platform after appearing on all manner of smart phones. The touch controls and ability to play in small bursts, anytime, anywhere, made the smart phone version of the game the most palatable. Now appearing on the Vita, the game is equally viable on the new platform, especially with the bright, beautiful HD visuals provided by the Vita's multi-touch screen. While viable, its high price point ($15) is likely to chase away most would-be zombie defenders.
The third DLC pack is on the way.
Via a press release, Sony Online Entertainment has revealed that the third DLC pack for DC Universe Online is on the way. Entitled The Battle for Earth, the DLC includes new raids, new open world content, and a new power set. The pack will have players fighting on Wonder Woman's home island, South Gotham and a battle with Brainiac.
EverQuest Online Adventures among the titles going down.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced it is taking down four MMOs from the last generation. EverQuest Online Adventures, Cosmic Rift, Star Chamber and Infantry will be no more on March 29, 2012. To help with the transition, SOE is offering players of EverQuest Online Adventures a 3 month Gold Membership to EverQuest and EverQuest II starting March 16th.
Susan Panico will no longer lead the Playstation Network in North America.
The head of the Playstation Network is no longer a part of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA). Susan Panico became a part of the company in 1994, and was promoted to Senior Director of Playstation Network in February 2007.