news\ Sep 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

Sony hopes to expand PlayStation to PCs, TVs, and smart devices


Sony's PlayStation brand is a common, household name. Of course, in its current form, PlayStation is a physical hardware device for the living room. Looking towards the future, Sony hopes to one day expand the brand and allow PlayStation games to stream directly to PCs, Smart TVs, and smartphones.

Speaking to Dengeki Online (via Dualshockers), SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida explained, "We would like to deliver PlayStation games to all devices."

"So we're considering various things like PC, TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and tablets," he said. "We hope to continue to expand not only to Sony devices, but even to devices other than Sony's. This is still being studied.

"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."

Launching next year in North America, the Gaikai service will allow PlayStation 4 owners to stream PlayStation 3 games directly to their console, a workaround for the system's inability to natively offer backwards compatibility. Looking ahead, it'll be interesting to see what other plans Sony has in mind for the streaming functionality, but it's comforting to know PlayStation will continue to be the primary focus.

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