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Sony will soon confirm ‘aggressive’ cloud gaming plans



Sony will reveal some “aggressive” cloud gaming plans “in the coming months,” PlayStation lead Jim Ryan has said. Until now, the PS5 supports the ability to stream PS3 titles via a PS Plus Premium Subscriptions, and PS now Service before it is allowed. Ryan’s latest comments suggest that it plans to expand its presence in the cloud gaming space, potentially in the mobile space.

The full passage reads (by VGC): “We see mobility as an increasingly important trend in gaming habits, and the cloud will be fundamental in allowing us, or indeed anyone else, to exploit that trend. Unfortunately, these plans were revealed to me today. Not the place to do it, but we have some pretty exciting and pretty aggressive plans to accelerate our initiatives in the cloud space that will unfold in the coming months.”

Sony’s push into cloud gaming has been mentioned several times over the past few years, with comments leading up to April 2021, when Jim Ryan said its cloud setup would be “unique and only on PlayStation”. Then, last month Sony was hiring for 22 roles at the cloud gaming-related company, with one “developing and delivering the strategic vision for cloud game streaming on PlayStation.”

Of course, the cloud gaming space is the main reason the UK CMA blocked Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision. “Microsoft’s solution had significant shortcomings and will require regulatory oversight by the CMA. Cloud gaming needs a free, competitive market to drive innovation and choice.” The firm then argued that allowing Microsoft to buy the Call of Duty maker would stifle innovation as the cloud gaming market begins to grow.

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