Sony have been demoing a lot of games in the last couple of months, throwing aside an E3 full of game-based surprises to ensure two things: that the games (God of War, LittleBigPlanet Karting) get some free attention and – secondly – that they can concentrate on other things during the actual conference and let the press get their hands on the games with a little bit of background knowledge.
And whilst we heavily expect Sony to push the hell out of Vita in Los Angeles in a few days time (or at least we hope they do) we’re also wondering what else they might have up their sleeve. We’re going to assume that now isn’t a great time to announce new hardware – they need to concentrate on the new portable and ensure that gamers still buy into the likes of The Last Of Us. So, we’re thinking something else.
A service that, maybe, just maybe is tied into the recent chatter about PlayStation Plus. Something big is happening with Plus, but we don’t know what it is other than we’re happy to assume that it’s not just going to be a free game and that whatever’s going on is something a bit more interesting than a complimentary download – we get those anyway. So what could it be? What might Sony be planning for Plus?
Well, how about – and hear us out here – a game streaming service. What if, within your Plus subscription, you get the option to instantly test drive a game from whatever Sony have got stored in a central bank of PlayStation 3s? We’re not saying this will be free – it might be under a different tier of Plus or require separate payments, but anything is possible.
And what about Vita? PlayStation Suite is surely going to feature heavily in Sony’s plans for the next six months or so. Perhaps the Android link could see OnLive – already available and impressive as an Android app – appear on the Sony portable? That would certainly breathe fresh life into the console that many are, in my opinion, prematurely writing off.
However, we really do have to re-iterate what we said this morning. Nobody’s told us anything official about any of this – nobody really does. We’ve got bookings at E3 but there’s nothing mentioned that might be clues – it’s all just wishful speculation (so don’t go out and buy PlayStation Plus on our say so) but there’s a few of us here on the same wavelength.
If this comes about it could be very interesting indeed – I’d personally love to see what all the games are about that I just don’t have time to download and play.
I guess we’ll see.