But it is the nature of people to approach new technology with skepticism, especially if it is proposed by a group of innovators who are not widely known to public. Such was the case with the Gaikai cloud gaming platform, till it was bought by Sony recently for $380 million.
The fact that such a major player in the gaming and technology industry has taken so much interest in this relatively less-tried technology obviously shows that it has the potential to become our future, and that is exactly what Perry, the creator of Gaikai, believes.
In an interview with Eurogamer, David Perry stated that he wished to see his creation become a vital feature of the future PlayStation platform.
“It’s a given it should go across the current and next-generation hardware,” Perry stated.
“We’ve been experimenting with every single platform. Set top boxes, TVs, mobile devices, tablets, everything. Will it work on consoles? The answer is: absolutely. We’ve done tests. It definitely works.”
Perry is now working for Sony, and is particularly excited about seeing the development of the future PlayStation console from the inside.
“I’m going to get to see a console launch from the inside,” he said. “I’m excited about that. I’ve never done that before.”
Perry also stated that he will try his level best to get the company to make the PS4 primarily a gaming machine, swaying away from the questionable trend of current consoles to feature more and more non-gaming entertainment.
“I’m certainly going to remind them what I feel about PlayStation. What I feel about PlayStation is, when I’m thinking of buying a game – I don’t know how they’ve done it but the branding has somehow got me there – if I’m trying to find where the best version is, I just automatically go, well that would be the PlayStation version, right? I don’t know, the branding worked on me.”
Sony surprised many earlier this month by buying the Gaikai technology, and speculations started to emerge immediately after of the possibility of the move to be related to the PS4.
However, Sony had stated that the Gaikai cloud technology had more applications than just gaming, though the statement certainly doesn’t suggest that it will NOT be a part of the next console from the company.
Reports have also suggested that Sony plans to use Gaikai to power backwards compatibility on PS3, enabling backward access to the list of titles of PS2 and the original PlayStation.
The question that remains to be asked is how influential is Perry’s work and opinion in Sony? Perry suggests that the non-layered structure of the company allows interaction with even the senior-most developers of the Sony console.
“The thing that’s great with Sony is we’re not way down the stack in some little sub sub sub of a sub sub company. PlayStation is insanely important to Sony and we’re dealing with the top people in Sony for gaming.”
“We’ll be heard. It doesn’t mean they’re going to do what I say. Don’t get me wrong. But I can at least be heard and I hope they like what I’ve got to say.”
When asked about the possibility of latency and image quality crippling the standards and incapacitating Gaikai of delivering PlayStation-quality performance, Perry shunned the idea.
“Can the games look ridiculously awesome? No question about it.”
“To do it really really well, you need to stay on the track we were on, and our track was to make special hardware, like working with Nvidia and people like that.”
Regardless of what does or doesn’t happen, the most common thing that every gamer will be wishing is to have a top quality future console from Sony, which surpasses both our expectations and the already high standards of gaming.