Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How PlayStation Now Could be the Game Changer For This Generation


When it was announced Sony acquired Gaikai, we knew immediately how it would turn out: streaming PlayStation games. What we didn't know is how and to what. With Sony finally announcing it as the PlayStation Now service, and that we can stream PlayStation 1, 2, and 3 games, all to your PS4 (and the collective to your Vita), it blew open what was originally conceived as "being backwards compatible," something that we've taken for granted since the PS2, and have lost with the newest generation of consoles.

What PSNow offers is to make the catalogue of PlayStation games available anywhere, on your two main devices. What we've yet to learn is pricing, and structure. This is where Sony can take their mistakes - Microsoft and Nintendo's, included - and completely shit on everyone.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Nintendo's Unified Hardware Division May be for a Nintendo OS


I know, I know, don't let me hear it. I've been absent from posting OC for months, then come full-force in January with nothing but Nintendo-related articles. Hell, if it weren't for my nickname, you'd think I was a fanboy. It's only because Nintendo is the only company of the Big Three that's making headlines with what they're doing internally.

Last year, Nintendo made headlines when they merged their handheld and console divisions into one, solitary unit. Rumors were a flurry about what Nintendo was doing with this, but nothing until now has shown up. Polygon's article today highlight an investor call from last week, in which Iwata stated it's become possible for Nintendo to "achieve a fair degree of architectural integration." Considering that the first article linked mentioned that the new building's projected completion was to be towards the end of last year, it's only good news that we're already hearing something.

What does this news mean, though? Think about how the experience is between your Wii U and 3DS, and the Nintendo Network. Done? Good.

There is none.