There's something almost reasonable about the idea that the large cable companies, like Verizon and Time Warner, are looking to get a slice of console gaming pie. After all, those rigs need a television, right? Seems only natural for cable to try to expand into the market. Unfortunately, the technology required to stream games to a television, bypassing a console, just isn't there to support them yet, especially with Gaikai and OnLive being either owned in whole by Sony or requiring a box of its own. In short, it's going to be a long time before this ever happens in any meaningful way.
Apparently OnLive's loss is Microsoft's gain. The makers of the Xbox have been courting the employees laid-off by the cloud-based gaming service during their recent buyout fiasco, hosting at least one "OnLive Mixer" in Mountain View, California -- very close to OnLive's Palo Alto headquarters. Looks like someone might be staffing up for their own cloud-based gaming service.
Sony Buys Game-Streaming Service Gaikai for $380 Million, Signifies Future PlayStation Game-Streaming?
You may not be aware of them, but there are some companies that recently sprang into existence that offer video game streaming. OnLive might be the one you heard of, having launched a couple of years ago, but there's another similar cloud gaming service out: Gaikai. Aside from storing games on the cloud and streaming them to players, Gaikai allows for their streaming to be embedded with an applet, so other sites and services can bundle the Gaikai service into their own service. Today, Sony bought Gaikai for $380 million, possibly signaling the direction Sony aims to take the next iteration of their PlayStation brand.