There have been a lot of rumors over the past few weeks about Sony’s cloud gaming deal that has been in the works. A lot of gamers (myself included) expected the company to announce a partnership with the growing cloud-gaming service OnLive, though unfortunately that isn’t the case. However, a deal has been made with the online service Gaikai, and for a very interesting purpose.
Sony is planning on using the could gaming service to allow streaming of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, finally allowing us to play our old favorites on the current generation. Initially, the service will have Sony’s first-party titles, and third-party developers will have the option of selling their old titles if they so choose.
Gaikai is already very well-established in the gaming industry, with partnerships formed with several big-name studios, such as WB Games, Electronic Arts, and Capcom. The cloud-gaming company has also recent made some deals with other companies such as Best Buy and of course, Facebook. While many think that allowing backwards compatibility this late in the PS3’s life doesn’t hold any significance, it proves that Sony really believes in the life of their system. It also allows them to test the ability to stream games directly to the console, which means we will probably be seeing a similar service available on the next-generation PlayStation.
The deal will most likely be officially announced at E3 in just a few days, and hopefully we’ll receive some details as to whether or not streaming to the Vita will also be a possibility. Check back on Explosion.com for more updates.