The consumer electronics show is arguably the biggest tech conference of the year. The fact that it occurs at the outset of the year means it is the perfect opportunity to see the consumer products that will shape the tech year ahead. There were a few cloud technologies announced during the conference, and some cloud-based discussions occurred, that made headlines throughout the week. Here are the top cloud headlines of CES:
Sony Makes Cloud Content a Priority for Playstation
On Tuesday, Sony announced two new cloud-based services that will be used across its range of devices. In line the new trend towards cloud-based gaming, Playstation Now will be a way for gamers to play legacy PS2 and PS3 games on their new consoles. Playstation Now is the rename given to the cloud-based gaming service, Gaikai, which Sony acquired in 2012. Sony also announced a new cloud-based TV service that will enable PS4 owners to view live and on demand video content on their TVs. Details of the product are still underwraps, but will surely be revealed in the coming weeks.
DVR Without the Cord
Simple.TV brings you one step closer to a cordless life. It is a cloud-based DVR that allows users to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services through your TV. Many people have noted that it follows a similar business model as the now-defunct Box, but the Simple.TV execs insist they are going their own route when it comes to cordless DVR. It isn’t in stores yet, but will be soon, although a price is yet to be determined.
An industry analysis on cloud hardware
In his keynote address following their announcement of two new cloud-based services, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai says hardware manufacturers are still not ready to adopt the cloud enmasse until new ideas emerge for how they can be implemented. He would like to see more cloud product manufacturers consider the experience for the user more holistically, rather than simply think of functionality.
“Even though the cloud promises a connected future, it’s not a wow in itself,” says Hirai. “It needs a connected experience, one where people can feel and see it through a device, hear the sounds and are amazed at the technology and what it offers… It’s not just technology or services, but emotional value, emotional involvement.”
Kazuo says a paradigm shift might be difficult to instigate, but the cloud is an easy sell to those who understand the its unparalleled ability to connect people across countries and continents, and provide a centralized source for all your computing needs.
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