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Gaikai Deal with Sony Could Be for PlayStation Back Catalog

According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony is expected to announce their cloud-based streaming service through their partner, Gaikai, next week at their E3 press conference. The deal apparently is to stream PSOne and PS2 titles through Gaikai. Word is, besides the PlayStation 3, the service could eventually become available on other Sony products, including televisions and tablets.

For those unfamiliar with Gaikai, it is a game streaming service kind of like OnLive, using either Java or Flash. However, they have deals with a lot of partners, including facebook, YouTube, and retailers such as GAME and Best Buy (not counting the number of publishing partners). As far as the PlayStation service goes, besides first party titles, we may also see publishers, that already have deals with Gaikai, release some of their PlayStation Legacy software, including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Capcom.

No word on whether this will have a monthly subscription or pay-per-title plan. Personally, I’d go for the monthly subscription. We already basically have the pay-per-title via PSN, however we could potentially see more titles become available through the Gaikai service. Would this be a service you’d be interested in? Could this be a look into what Sony plans to do with the PlayStation 4? Now to see if this is more than a rumor, and other important details, next week…

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PS2 Integrated T.V.

May not be PS3 news but I believe seems very interesting.  Apparently, the new Sony Bravia KDL-22PX300 will come with a built-in PS2 that can still play PSOne classics. For now, though, it will only be release in the UK, with no news yet of a US release.  PS2 is not the latest gaming console, but everyone still has some old favorites, and with no backward capabilities on the new PS3s, this is a handy equivalent at a 200 pound price, around $320, for a 22 inch, 720p TV is an OK deal.  For a bit more information visit SlashGear.

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Rumor: Tom Clancy Boxset and Rayman Trilogy HD/3D Remakes Also On the Way

JeuxVideo is reporting yet another collection of PS2 games that are supposed to be coming to the PS3 in 3D and/or HD. This time around is a Tom Clancy Boxset and a Rayman Trilogy.

It seems Sony is really picking up speed with these collections and there seems to be a nice market for the games as well. Are we accepting these only because BC has been removed and this is our only option or are we really glad to see classics remade with trophies in HD? I’m not particularly sure myself, but I am pretty eager to see the Team Ico Collection come out as I missed it on the PS2.

Titles Release/Anncounced/Rumored so far
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Splinter Cell Collection
Team Ico Collection
Prince of Persia Collection
Rayman Collection
Sly Cooper Collection
Mortal Kombat Collection
Tom Clancy Collection
God of War Collection

It looks like the standard pricing for these will be $30-$40 when they do get released.

What collections would you like to see made?

*not all images are official box arts*

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PS3/Xbox 360 – Which Game Do You Want To See Brought Back From The Retro Afterlife?

I though I’d throw this out to the masses as I recently had a debate with a friend regarding games you’d like to see being re-developed for the consoles of the HD age.

We started off by looking at games that have already been given the HD treatment and I of course mean given a new lease of life. The first game which sprung to mind was the Street Fighter series – quite an obvious one due to it being a massive 2D beat-em-up back in the early/mid 90s. SF always had a huge following, and with Capcom making tons of different versions (anyone remember the Rainbow Edition of SF2? ), they decided to make the jump and give it a next-gen life by bringing out Street Fighter 4 and Super Street Fighter 4.

NBA Jam is another one that’s due to hit the shelves soon, along with Lemmings which was released on the PSN when the Ps3 was launched back in 2006/2007, and whilst you can look at a long list of games being brought back from the Retro afterlife we decided to switch our attention to just one game we would like to see brought back from the dead and one that we’d love to see in full hi-def glory.

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