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Speculation: Is Sony's PS Cloud Patent for the PlayStation 4?

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287w ago - Sony has [Register or Login to view links] 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...
 

Cloud Message: A Way to Announce a Final Fantasy 7 Remake?

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310w ago - The advertisement (pictured below) which can be found in the Japanese Magazine "DeGenki PlayStation" this morning states the following:

"CLOUD MESSAGE... Coming Soon"

But what can that "CLOUD Message" be exactly?

Can it be hiding an announcement of a much-anticipated Final Fantasy 7 remake, or just a delayed promotion for Advent Children Complete which will be released next March in Japan (with a Final Fantasy XIII demo, and an exclusive Pack including the Blu-ray film and a PlayStation 3).

One has to wonder, who is the best person to announce such a remake.. Cloud, don't you think?
 

Google to release cloud-based OS!

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318w ago - What started as a revolutionary search engine has expanded into the web 2.0 scene, gracing the Internet with its slick design, streaming video services, social networking portals, and an abundance of online facilities.

It doesn't take a genius to work out that the Internet is serious business for advertisers, and Google has taken advantage of its significant online presence with its largely successful Adsense advertising. The omnipotent nature of Google in the online arena gives it a financial and influential advantage over its competition - while competitors (notably Microsoft) scamper to take a foothold in this online phenomenon, attempting to snatch some of the revenue pie and make up what little ground they can on Google.

It's this online dominance that Google can use to step into the world of operating systems. And it will likely revolve around cloud technology.

Firstly let us explain the concept of 'cloud computing'. In the future - and to an extent at this very moment - vast amounts of servers will be harnessed to store personal media, software, and documents in what is known as the 'cloud'. The purpose of the cloud is to create an environment where any PC will be a portal to your personal data via the Internet medium.

An example is Photoshop Express;...
 

Rumor: Dark Cloud 3 being developed for PS3 exclusively

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328w ago - According to an Italian PlayStation magazine PSMania, Dark Cloud 3 will be released exclusively on the PS3 in 2009.

Level 5, who are working on White Knight Chronicles due later this year, are also currently working on Dark Cloud 3.

The translated article states:

One of our infiltrates, has revealed that Level 5 is working on a new Dark Cloud exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

This title will come out in March of 2009, and will be developed using a new open-technology, the Japanese style "Kumo Engine".

For now this is being dubbed a rumor, but time will tell for sure.
 

BBC iPlayer comes to the iPhone

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343w ago - The BBC has launched a version of its iPlayer video on demand service for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.

It is the first time the service has been available on portable devices.

The iPhone and iPod touch are able to stream shows from the iPlayer website over wi-fi networks. The iPhone cannot stream BBC video over the cell network. A BBC developer said that the corporation was currently working on other versions of the iPlayer for "many more" devices.

Anthony Rose, writing on the BBC internet blog, said: "We started with iPhone because it is the device most optimised for high quality video currently available.

"It displays the BBCiPlayer site and BBC programmes nicely."

The software currently comes in two versions - a program which allows users to download programmes to their Windows PC and a streaming version on the web available to all users.

The version for iPhone and iPod touch users will allow streaming over a wi-fi connection. However, the EDGE mobile network used by the iPhone is too slow for streaming video.

The corporation has agreed a deal with wi-fi firm The Cloud to provide all BBC online services for free at its 7,500 hotspots.

A version of iPlayer for Virgin Media customers is expected later this month.
 
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