The big rumour leading into E3 suggested that Sony was on the verge of announcing a partnership with a leading cloud gaming service – but the supposed PlayStation streaming solution turned out to be a no show.
Dave Perry, the boss of the most likely candidate Gaikai, has since told Eurogamer.net that a deal between his company and Sony doesn't currently exist.
I wasn't even at the Sony press conference. I was sitting in my hotel room, and I know everyone was like, "Oh my god, are they going to announce cloud gaming?" And I was like, "No, they're not going to announce cloud gaming." I wasn't even there.
Perry believes that a selection of “random events” combined to form the rumours. Gaikai did eventually announce a partnership at E3, but with Samsung and not Sony.
But while a deal between Gaikai and Sony doesn’t currently exist, Perry is not ruling out the possibility.
I've been meeting with them constantly, evangelising how far we've come – “You really should take this seriously”. Let's just say they're listening, and always have been. You see them when you go to conferences, we see them listening very intently –“How's this going, where's this going?”
Perry added that it’s going to take a while for consumers to commit to cloud gaming, but once it happens, the executive believes there'll be no looking back.
It seems – for the moment – Sony is not thinking that far ahead. Not yet, anyway.