Earlier today it was expressed that different Cable providers are going to offer cloud-gaming to their subscribers in the near future. AT&T
, Time Warner
are some the most commented about this matter.
When it comes to the technology these carriers will use to power said experience, Playcast Media Systems, CiiNOW Inc., Agawi Inc. are the ones which are already announced.
With this cloud-gaming experience, different companies such as Microsoft
will be getting some new competition; this, next year.
According to different sources, trials of some of these cloud-gaming services are expected to begin later this year, to allow said cable companies to test and tweak the technology before completely launching it on 2013, and some more in 2014.
Regarding the games customers will be able to play this way, it goes way beyond Indie/Casual games, as it has been expressed that it will get to "advanced" action games, including titles from publishers such as Electronic Arts
EA's senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, has already replied to this rumor, expressing that connected TV experiences like said cable companies' cloud-gaming services are not of EA's immediate objectives right now.
"Connected TV represents a major opportunity for gaming on the five-year horizon, it's long-term opportunity, but it's another technology that has a lot of potential to dramatically expand our audience."
It has been said, as well, that these cable companies are already researching about different software which can be used to turn smartphones into potential controllers for this purpose; as customers won't need to have any retail controller for this, they will be using generic controllers, according to current ideas for this service.