Sony has patented the 'PS Cloud' with the US Patent and Trademark Office, following the announcement of a number of new 'cloud gaming' services such as OnLive and Playcast Media at this year's Games Developers Conference.
To quote: The patent has lead to speculation that Sony Computer Entertainment may well be looking to 'cloud gaming' - where the processing power of a home console is replaced by that of a remote server outside of the gamer's home - as a strategic move forward for its PlayStation division.
The future of PlayStation?
Or, put in more straightforward terms, is PS Cloud the PlayStation 4? Is the 'next' PlayStation going to resemble a server-based system that allows gamers to play and save games to a user account via a range of devices such as their PlayStation 3, their PC or even their TV set-top box?
Sony filed the patent for 'PS Cloud' on 24 March, describing PS Cloud as a provider of "entertainment services, namely, providing an online videogame that users may access through the Internet".
TechRadar spoke with a SCEE rep this morning who declined to comment on the story. Let the speculation commence...
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