What Gaikai brings to the PlayStation 4 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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We all knew that Sony would be using its recently acquired cloud-service Gaikai in the PlayStation 4 – but our expectations were somewhat pedestrian; we thought we’d just be able to stream games, and perhaps game demos off the cloud. The reality of it far more interesting, and Gaikai brings a host of unique features and services that will be difficult for the competition to replicate.

Speaking on stage at Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal event, Gaikai founder David Perry demonstrated that the sexy new DualShock 4′s share button will allow players to instantly beam clips of their gameplay –in real time – to their PS4 friends.

Not only will spectators be able to watch and comment on your gameplay – but if you’re stuck on a particularly difficult or frustrating section of a game, you can invite a friend to take over your console remotely to help, before relinquishing control back to you.

In addition to that, there’ll be a ‘Multi-casting’ feature, that will allow you to broadcast your game live to multiple spectators at once – which makes the PlayStation 4 an excellent option for tournaments and eSports in general.

Also, as we speculated, you’ll be able to instantly play any PS4 game streamed via the cloud without having to download the entire demo first – and should you purchase a full digital game blind, you can play it while the download happens in the background.

Perry said that users should be allowed to "instantly experience anything that you want", and "try for free, and pay only for games you fall in love with".

"What we’re creating is the fastest, most powerful gaming network in the world."

While the PlayStation 4 likely won’t launch backwards compatibility, it is something that Sony is exploring  with the aim of  making PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS Mobile games available to many future Sony products, including the PlayStation 4.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • FoxOneZA

    Great for those that can afford uber internetz.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Internet isn’t that expensive any more man. If I can afford it…

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        Really, a downvote? If you can afford a 700 game, surely a 488 connection is not out of the question?

        • Tarisma

          The value that an interne adds to a game is more than worth the cost.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Totally agree with you. Rather DON’t but A:CM (spits and vomits on floor) and have Internet for a month!

          • Tarisma

            well that’s exactly my point. The extra hours I have gotten out of games like borderlands, farcry 3 and ARMA 2 more then offset the price of new games. Not to mention games like GW2 and other mmo’s I have logged close to 400 hours in GW2 sure it cost me R900 for the DD edition, but still 400 hours that’s insane!

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Wow man! I have tried the GW2, but each time OVG and I log in, it can never find a match. Perhaps because we are too low level. But going back to what you said. Yes. I paid R550 for Borderlands 2. Single player, what, around 30 hrs? (If that?) but co-op? 4 Player? Much more, not to mention the DLC (which is around R105 a pop, but carries with it loads of hours too). The cost is worth it, to me. The price is also always coming down. I also see Telkom has a new board of directors and they are charged with bringing the monopoly giant back into peoples favour. They can only do that but bringing the prices down, to the point where Mweb needs to drop theirs. I HOPE :)

        • FoxOneZA

          Probably someone of mobile downvoted you but a 1 or 2 meg connection won’t be sufficient.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I have a 1meg connection, works perfectly for me. Able to play co-op, download games and even stream movies.

          • Tarisma

            My mates I play with have a 1 meg line and it all works fine for them.. I used to play WoW and BLOPS with a 512 line a couple years ago and it was fine.

          • FoxOneZA

            You are doing more than simply spawning around a map. You are streaming, video, audio and high-res textures from a server far away.

          • FoxOneZA

            You need 4-5mbs for Gakai…

          • Tarisma

            I have a 10 meg line so Ill be ok. I fear for my mates they just will have to watch multiple uploads of me pawning them, and none of them pawning me.

            But the way technology is progressing sure we may struggle in the fist year or two of Gakai’s life but for the majority of it we will be fine.

          • CodeScarwls

            Its not just the bandwidth. It also about where you live, and in what area which can effect your latency.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I usually actually get over the 1mbps they offer. For a few months I was getting just under 2mbps, but that’s cus I am in a built up area I think…

          • CodeScarwls

            It play’s a big part the area. I used to have a 4mb line. Downloading was fine.Bit when it came to streaming, it’s bad. Most of the time. You have to buffer a video while you go do something else. Like go make food or something

    • Lardus

      My problem is not affordability, but availability! Crappy wireless and stolen Telkom cables are ruining my life!

      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        This I can understand. In some areas they say you can have a port in like 2 months! WTF?

        • FoxOneZA

          New house’s across my neighbourhood don’t have a Telkom line for 7 years now.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            No way man! Shesh, that is terrible! If you go through Mweb, can’t they make this happen? And not sure who is downvoting, but here is an up vote for thee!

          • FoxOneZA

            Nope. MWEB doesn’t have a hand in ADSL roll-outs. Also the cheaper uncapped offerings from MWEB are severely throttled once you pass a limit.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I thought the limit was 90gigs a month? I am on the 488 uncapped 1mb connection and have yet to be limited. I also ‘buy’ movies and series ;)

          • FoxOneZA

            The 1mbs account is unthrottled so you are okay but it’s the new cheaper accounts thats are throttled after something like 20gigs. I’m with OpenWeb Uncapped paying R108 pm excl. line rental.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Wow, that is a good price. Must look into that.

          • FoxOneZA

            I got that price at a special. This month they’ve got it on special for R109pm lol.

          • Lardus

            Telkom still control roll-outs of the phone/ADSL infrastructure, and they are not really interrested in maintaining it in “poorer” areas. They would rather upgrade the “rich” areas to 40mbs than give “poorer” areas anything at all. So much for guvarmants broadband plans.

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            yeah. I hear they were going to test a very fast system in seapoint, milnerton area of cape town

      • FoxOneZA

        I was just going to say that. Most of the PS3 gamers I know don’t have Telkom ADSL.

  • Uberutang

    Gaikai require(d) 3-5mbs internet.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Nooooooooo!

      • Banana Jim

        Where is your faith? Telkom will provide. For they provided all with 1Mb connections, and already there is rumours of 10Mbs being unveiled in Cape Town. All and sundry sacrifice virgin gamers to Telkom.

        A Telkomvangelist.

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH! cough, cough, cough, HAHAHAHAHA! Pant, pant ;)

  • Lord Chaos

    I see some new Hacking coming…

  • OVG

    8TH GEN. RENT A CONSOLE. WE OWN IT. WE DONT EVEN HAVE TO SHOW IT.
    AT LEAST SHOW THE FCKING THING…Imagine if Formula 1 just showed the specs of their new car?

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      There you are!

      • OVG

        So sucky, cant even get excited like old school and salivate over a picture and embed every corner of the model into my brain. Thats what the future is now, service this service that, its all on CYBER SPACE. Talk about a fcking vacume.

        Here is the control pad, it vibrates, talk about foreplay.

    • Banana Jim

      lol, I sometimes think we need to check whether Rincethis hasn’t changed OVG’s medication with smarties, m&ms or even birth control pills…. , but then there are days like this where you just sit back and enjoy his rants. :D Bells enabled!

    • mornelithe

      So I’m sure you were just as outraged when Nintendo announced their last 3 consoles without showing them first, and Microsoft announced the Xbox without showing it first.

      Seriously OVG, send me your address, tinfoil’s cheap here, and I know how to make a mean hat.

      • OVG

        :&

        • mornelithe

          My point is, it’s a pretty common practice, it may be obnoxious, and we may tire of the fact that the release of a console now has to be so staged that they probably have an itinerary for the next 9 months, down to specific dates and times, when they’re going to release whatever information.

          And it’s quite honestly because last time around, Sony got their asses kicked in the PR department. So now they adopt the approach of drawing out the hype as long as possible. =(

          • OVG

            All I remember before the internet was the pictures in NINTENDO POWER. I would stare at the new console like porn before it hit our English shores in England. I got a summer job during school holiday to save up money and counted the days like a kid with his Christmas calendar.

            That Super Nintendo will always be just above Cindy Crawford back in the day. Those curves man. I will never forget the grin on my face when the SNES with SUPER SCOPE bundle was tucked under my arm while strutting like a peacock along main road for everybody to stop and stare at this HUGE box.

            I always remember seeing the pictures first, going to school and having nerdgasims with all the other hip kids. To show them that Nintendo is bringing another console WITH 64 BITS. That picture of as Darryn said the other day “ball breaking control pad” was pinned up on my wall ready for another summer job.

            The Internet kind of killed off that buzz, that coupled with the fact that Im older. To much news now and everything is transparent. Im sure the same amount of politics was going on between the companys back in the day. But because there was no Internet we just played whatever hit the shelves because the turnaround was so slow.

            Back in the day we did not care what it did, all we cared about was the games. There was some fanboy shit going on with the SEGA dudes but that was between game comparisons like Mortal Kombat having green blood. None of us even knew what BIT even meant.

            Now its all gone… I dont know how to explain it.

            But yes its only games and there are far more things in life to worry about. But this is our passion and one of the reasons why we enjoy living so I can see why we do tend to take it a little serious at times.

            As my Gran would say “Its only TV games, now go outside and play” lol

          • mornelithe

            I remember those days fondly, my friend. My brother and I were the only kids among our group of friends with a subscription to Nintendo power. We had stacks of them in our room, what a great magazine that was. Absolutely adored the NES and SNES. And the thrill of having absolutely no clue what was coming down the pipeline (hardware wise), is certainly gone now. And while I wouldn’t blame the internet entirely, it’s made it easier to leak news (fuck you leakers, sorry LG, I hate ‘em, they ruin everything)

            I think what’s happened, is that gaming is simply no longer our secret little club. We were called geeks, and nerds, and losers…but I couldn’t care less. I loved every new game with a passion (in fact, I barely remember any games I really didn’t care for). But that was because gaming was so fresh at the time. Each new game was actually breaking ground. The other thing to note is, we’re adults now also, so while you and I may not actively search these things out, we’ll happen upon articles that break news on something we may not have wanted to know yet.

            I’m inclined to agree with you that that is gone, but, I wonder if it’s because we’ve changed…our habits have changed. When I was that young, there just wasn’t enough time in the day to read as much news as I do now. I had games to play, epic journeys to undertake through the acre of swampy forest that was next to our house. Exploring the abandoned Minuteman silo that was literally across the street (seriously, was always fascinated by it, even though it was filled up to the top with water….and dead pigeons. Yes, there was just so much to do back then.

            But now, I think gaming is just different for us, I mean, we want it to be as special and unique as it was when we were kids, but the vast majority of games we’ve seen this gen…simply weren’t special or unique. They were carbon copy after carbon copy of any game that’s ever sold really well (Of course there were also some good games, not saying they all sucked, though, just there were a ton of attempted cash grabs.)

            But, I still enjoy gaming, games like WoW did manage to bring a new facet to gaming I’d never seen before (at the time)…actually, come to think of it, I think when I first saw the 40m bosses, I had that same feeling that I did back when I was a kid. Because it was just so grand, and beyond what I’d experienced before. A creature so powerful, you couldn’t even GET to him, without 40 people, and actually having those 40 people to do it.

            I guess now, we have to search harder and harder for games that we are amazed by, like when we were kids. They are _very_ few and far between, and it’s because so much of this generation was simply spent standing still. Trying to leech off of others already established successes.

            I hope for better this gen, I hope the constant fighting between the platforms (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, PC) starts to die down, and I hope we see far more devs simply going in their own direction. And I think the hardware offered in the PS4 (and likely Durango), will allow developers that freedom.

          • OVG

            Good read. I wonder if the kids today have the same vibe as we did. I doubt it tho. I think they are just as desensitized and cynical like us. The age of Information is a crazy beast.

  • OVG

    They have total control. Im old school. I want the brick next to the TV
    to be all end all. Give me games that are COMPLETE, FIXED and envisioned 100%.
    Not going to happen anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

      Streaming is all a way to take control away from consumers, and I do think that in the future they going to clamp down on used games. gaming is going to become a service

      • OVG

        Its going to be hell. The internet gaming sites are in for a treat 2014. Its going to be pure carnage, with huge media corps all fighting for control over social gaming, social media and royalties.

        Ill be safely tucked away in my Peter Pan Grotto with my PS2 and generator playing games OFF-LINE while you all read books around the fireplace while the INTERWEB reboots itself and becomes self aware. :p

        • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

          ROFLOL where is this grotto and is it big enough for two! everything is just about money, even youtube is going subscription….we need to find a strong individual whom we train to be the rebel leader and lead us in the war against the machines.

          • OVG

            I only have room for my blow up Wendy :(

          • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

            well…I guess Wendy is important….well I hope you two live a happy life in seclusion….*Damn you Wendy*

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            Oi, you fuck, you promised me dibs on the North wing of your bunker if I left you beat me at UFC! How the hell else do you think last week was 25 16?!

          • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

            Wendy is more important than any person ………You’re on your own buddy. you cant compete with a blow up doll

          • Sir Captain Rincethis

            I fear you are right. OVG has duped me, once again. Looks like my rage will be taken out on his Ken by my Ryu next time I see him. I think I’ll get him back, by signing up for an ADSL connection, gold account, and buy a copy of A:CM. I’ll then set it up so he has to play 100 hours of multiplayer in order for the beer fridge to open…

    • mornelithe

      Gamer’s only have themselves to blame, they swallowed the PS3 and 360 hook line and sinker. Why not direct your angst at the appropriate individuals who encouraged companies to take advantage? What, you’re upset that companies want to make money?

      Do you actually think they’ll just stop of their own accord, because hey, we made enough already? Sorry to keep calling you out on this, but you continue to foam at the mouth over something that gamer’s encouraged, you blame companies for underhanded tactics, while playing lily white to the fact that they’re only doing what gamer’s have accepted as the norm.

      Vote with your wallets, and stop complaining when our own inaction causes trends that we don’t agree with.

      • OVG

        To true…to true :)
        We vote with our wallets.

        • mornelithe

          I wish we would man, I really do. Gamer’s need to realize they’re the ones with the power, if only they’d resist the urge to buy everything that comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra
    • FoxOneZA

      Read it. But I disagree that we all must agree.

      • http://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX umar bastra

        I don’t think we have to all conform, we are all individuals, but we have the same console wars arguments all the time, and everyone seems to become an elitist at one stage or the other. but to what end? to prove that pc has better graphics? Xbox has a few frames more in xyz game than PS3? fine, it’s facts, but it get’s to the point where people starting bashing consoles or hardware they don’t like, boycotting games and consoles all to keep up this facade of a superior technology. It’s utter nonsense, have debates about them, that’s great, the internet needs more people to start being intellectual about their arguments and not just spout mindless insults because you prefer one console over the other.