blog From the Department of No Surprises comes the news that Sony’s cloud-based PlayStation Now service — which allows users of its gaming consoles to play games online without having to download the content — will not initially be available to Australians when it launches in the middle of this year. Following Sony’s press conference on this and other subjects at the E3 gaming expo in the United States this week, The Financial Review quizzed Sony’s local team and found the answer wanting. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Australians face at least a year’s wait to use a cloud-computing service allowing Sony PlayStation owners to play video games streamed over the internet, due to a mix of poor broadband speeds and expensive computer servers needed to operate the service.”
This is hardly a surprise — indeed, it’s almost to be expected at this point. Now requires a solid broadband connection and probably local datacentre resources, neither of which come easily in Austraila. And, to be honest, it’s not that huge a deal, given that Australian owners of Sony’s PlayStation consoles will still be able to play games on those consoles — they just need to buy physical discs or download the content online, instead of streaming it from the cloud. But it is disappointing, and reflects the ongoing struggle in Australia to keep up with global technology infrastructure. We’re falling behind — and given our chronic early adopter habits, that is a very sad thing indeed.