In an interesting interview with a Sony executive, it appears that Sony's long term goal is to have "PlayStation" be a service as well as a hardware platform. Using their Gaikai tech, they envision streaming games to PCs, tablets, PlayStation hardware, etc. With this news, everyone's PlayStation account could be the equivalent of a Steam account.. and instead of downloading a game from your steam library and then playing it, the PlayStation service would allow you to chose a game from your PS library and instantly start playing it / streaming it from the PS Gaikai servers.
The head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) has said that he’s keen to utilize Gaikai to stream PlayStation content to numerous devices including PC, tablets, mobiles and more.
Speaking with Dengeki Online, Shuhei Yoshida made it clear he has multiplatform aspirations for the service, which launches in North America in 2014; a European release remains up in the air however, due to broadband issues.
“Speaking of the ultimate goal, we would like to deliver PlayStation games to all devices,” said Yoshida-san. “So we’re considering various things like PC, TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets. We hope to continue to expand not only to Sony devices, but even to devices other than Sony’s. This is still being studied.”
The executive went on to say how Sony discussed making PlayStation a service spanning multiple devices, rather than being limited to hardware.
“We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to something closer to a service, regardless of the device - Of course PlayStation will be the center, but I think we would like to expand to different things.”