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    Is a Wii U Gaikai like service possible?

    Could Nintendo start a Wii U live streaming game service like Sony's Gaikai? I'd love all past Nintendo systems games available for a low monthly fee like Netlix. Would sell lots of Wii Us too!



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    Quote Originally Posted by drewt1970 View Post
    Could Nintendo start a Wii U live streaming game service like Sony's Gaikai? I'd love all past Nintendo systems games available for a low monthly fee like Netlix. Would sell lots of Wii Us too!
    The problem I see with Sony's strategy is that they could inadvertantly be killing their PS4 too. If people would like to play the PS games on their PCs or non-gaming device, then why buy a PS4? It seems to me that this move could be counterproductive more than anything else.

    Best Buy kiosks are a better solution IMO.
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    I think Wii U offering access to cloud gaming services (even 3rd party ones) would be cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTurner View Post
    The problem I see with Sony's strategy is that they could inadvertantly be killing their PS4 too. If people would like to play the PS games on their PCs or non-gaming device, then why buy a PS4? It seems to me that this move could be counterproductive more than anything else.
    I don't see an issue offering PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable* titles via Gaikai for televisions, phones, tablets, PCs and other devices; however I definitely see an issue of undermining their own hardware if they were to offer streaming for titles available on platforms that're still manufactured.

    According to a recent article on Joystiq, it seems to me that Sony are eventually aiming for Gaikai to become the PlayStation brand, as opposed to them continually developing iterative hardware.

    I personally do not see streaming taking the place of traditional methods (e.g. retail discs/downloads and/or installations) any time soon as it simply isn't viable due to the sheer lack of Internet bandwidth available in many regions, including several highly developed nations. It'd also remove the ability to, or at least increase the difficulty of, design(ing) games around specific inputs as controllers and control methods are almost certain to be fragmented -- unless there's a specific PlayStation-branded controller compatible with all devices capable supported by Gaikai.

    * I know that the PlayStation Portable is still manufactured, however it's almost entirely unsupported by new software outside of Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTurner View Post
    The problem I see with Sony's strategy is that they could inadvertantly be killing their PS4 too. If people would like to play the PS games on their PCs or non-gaming device, then why buy a PS4? It seems to me that this move could be counterproductive more than anything else.
    I think he wants to keep the feature exclusive to Wii U. Instead of downloading VC games you would just stream them.

    Regarding your question, I'm sure they COULD. Would they? Maybe. I really don't see any cons with this sort of thing either. If they just go VC games they could even undercut Sony or Microsoft with a $20 per year fee. And a $40-$50 per year fee to include new releases as well
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    It might be possible. I doubt people would use it though. Not many people knew about Gaikai before Sony bought it.

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    That would be very bad at the current internet speed for most gamers to play. Most homes doesn't have gigabit internet or even reach 50 mbps at most. I happened to be testing Kainy on remote play on Android yesterday. It sucks so I tested OnLive live streaming service on my AT&T Uverse internet connection (18 mbps download/1.5 mbps upload). There's a lot of free games to try at OnLive so I tested the game "Fallout" & it's barely playable. It's worse than 480i & it's so laggy & blurry. Sony's Gaikai infrastrature should be better than OnLive cuz Sony invested a lot on it but don't expect a lot on PS4's game streaming service. You have to think that Sony's using the Cloud mainly for remote play. Cloud gaming has a long way to go.

    There's gonna be lots of disappointed PS4 gamers this Christmas. Sony's just hyping things up.
    Last edited by Nostradamus; 09-28-2013 at 12:22 AM.

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