Sony going third party, confirmed.
Sony had already promised that PlayStation Now, their Gaikai powered cloud based streaming solution for PlayStation 3 (and theoretically in the future, PlayStation and PlayStation 2) games would be coming to non Sony hardware too. So far, it is only available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, alongside some Sony TVs- now, Sony has announced that it will be coming to Samsung Smart TVs in 2015, and that we will see more about this at CES.
“Since we first introduced PlayStation Now at CES 2014, our vision has been to open the world of PlayStation to the masses by offering the service on the devices they use every day,” Sony executive Masayasu Ito said. “Partnering with Samsung is a key step toward realizing this vision, as we can reach a broader audience of consumers who may not own a PlayStation console to show them why gaming with PlayStation is such a unique and amazing experience.”
PlayStation Now on Samsung TVs will come with all the functionality of the service on native Sony hardware, including user accounts, cloud based saves, game updates, Trophies, and multiplayer. You will need a DualShock 4 controller to play the game, and that’s all the extra hardware you need.
Personally, it is interesting to see Sony endeavor to make their games accessible independently of their hardware as well. It is also interesting to see them partner with Samsung, whose success in the TV market came at the expense of Sony’s own.