But have you ever dreamed of flying a plane over Auckland lying in your bed with an iPad and a PS5 controller? I had – and have now done so thanks to that. That’s all I wanted as a 10 year old stuck in front of his ZX Spectrum 48k hooked up to an old black and white laptop at the time.
Oh, and for those of you with lots of 5G data? Cloud gaming will also work on the go, assuming you have a decent signal. I loaded a few games around town and was able to play them just fine, with low ping and no lag.
It’s really hard not to see Microsoft’s move as the way of the future, full Netflix-ization of the game if you will.
Consoles are well-known loss leaders, with Sony and Microsoft raking in money from games. If you can buy and play games without a console, that’s more choice for the consumer and more money for the tech company. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Of course, it’s worth noting that Sony has a cloud gaming platform for the PlayStation – it’s just not available here, although it’s been available overseas for years. There has also been no announcement on when it is likely to roll out here. I almost lost hope.
Until that happens, I can only imagine the Japanese giants catching up and hoping their audience won’t let them down before closing that gap.
Newshub was supplied with a Samsung QN90B television and an Xbox GamePass Ultimate subscription for this review.