The clouds are becoming a far more crowded place with this week’s announcement by NVIDIA that the Grid is go. Wanting to be far more than just a cloud based gaming service for those on the move NVIDIA is calling it the Netflix of gaming, a new way to consume gaming content. By all accounts the big NV have done a technically excellent job building the Grid, the performance numbers don’t lie, this is the most playable gaming service yet but will anyone turn up to play?
The future of gaming is Now, PlayStation Now. Sony’s cloud based gaming service PlayStation Now is that future according to Sony in any case. It may seem like pie in the sky stuff until you consider the recently released details.
Powering the Now cloud will be custom silicon that manages to cram 8 PS3’s onto a single sliver of silicon. Silicon that will not only be driving PS3 games to the latest generation PS4 but will also see PS3 games delivered to Bravia TV’s, PS Vita, tablets and other partner devices.
With silicon at the ready Sony Now is in testing, the services beta period is expected to last through the first quarter of 2014.
Electronic Arts game studio Maxis have recently announced that their legendary game SimCity is about to be upgraded, SimCity 2013 here we come. Maxis is already hard at work developing the new city building classic. Three Maxis lead game designers took time out of their busy schedules to attend the Game Developers Conference and drip feed a few details to the world.
Thankfully Maxis had more than just talking on their minds at the GDC, they came prepared with an impressive video game trailer, a preview of things to come. Lets hope Maxis can stay true to their vision, it is a visually stunning preview.
Officially it may be called SimCity 5, by the time it is finally released the marketers may have even come up with a jazzy product name, SimCity World or some such title, here at Highpants we call it a time machine, years will disappear once it gets a hold of you.