Sony trademark PS Cloud name

March 31, 2009 | 11:16

Tags: #cloud #steam-cloud #streaming

Companies: #sony #valve

Sony's new registered trademark 'PS Cloud' has ignited rumours that the company is working on it's own OnLive-like streaming service for the PS3 and PSP.

According to recent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Sony has trademarked the name PS Cloud, possibly indicating that the company are themselves exploring the hot topic of cloud computing, where software can be streamed from remote servers.

Registered by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, PS Cloud could be similar to the OnLive system which was recently announced at GDC or Valve's Steamcloud, which hosts game saves on outside servers.

Although Sony currently employs this technology, allowing the PSP to remotely control games and films on the Playstation3 the Cloud name suggests a more global version of the idea, possibly letting players stream content from one platform to another. Another rumour is that the system could allow users to back-up PSP saves and account settings to a PS3, or vice versa.

Cloud rendering has been a bit of a hot topic since the announcement of OnLive, with many people claiming that the technology is infeasible or won't be able to compete all that well with traditional gaming setups.

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