Sony rumored to announce streaming game deal at E3 2012

Is Sony about to make a very big announcement at E3 2012? reports that, according to their sources, the company will reveal that it has signed a deal with a company that will add gaming-based cloud streaming features to its Playstation hardware. The reveal will likely come at Sony's pre-E3 press conference on June 4th.

The story claims that the deal will be made with either OnLive, which launched in June 2010, or with Gaikai, which opened to the public in December 2010. These are the two biggest names in the game streaming business; both also have deals to stream games to "smart" TV sets as well.

A deal to stream games via consoles could be a game changer for the console industry. It could lead to a future where there may not even be the need to own a console in order to play new console games; all you would need is an Internet connected TV with the right hardware inside.

It will be interesting to see how this deal, if true, could change the game industry. So far, streaming games have a limited audience. If a major console starts supporting such features, it could introduce the concept to a much wider number of gamers.

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