A new controller patent hints that PlayStation Now might be being lined up as a Google Stadia competitorPlatforms: All | Google Stadia | Sony PlayStation 4 | Sony PlayStation 5
While all the talk right now is of the PlayStation 5, a new patent suggests that Sony may well be following Microsoft in a two pronged approach to the next generation of gaming - and they might be set to go head to head with Stadia on the cloud.
A few weeks ago, Sony filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for a device which sounds very much like the Google Stadia controller - a controller which connects to the internet to provide direct connection to a game being run in a data centre. This is exactly how Google's Stadia controller will work - it won't connect to the Chromecast Ultra or Chrome powered device you're watching on, it'll connect via your router to a Google data centre.
With a renewed focus on PlayStation now with a lower price and more high profile games, Sony have already made it clear that they working to make PlayStation Now a more tempting prospect. Right now you can use it via either a PlayStation 4 console or a PC, but with only a little more work it could be provided via Smart TV platforms or leading media dongles such as the Fire TV or a Roku Stick. This new controller suggests that Sony are keen to move into cloud gaming in a much bigger way and with Sony exclusive titles on the platform it could be come a very tempting alternative to Google Stadia.