Surprised no thread yet. Here’s a breakdown…
Full GDC presentation.
The thing holding back my optimism is that it’s google, and they’ve a track record for half-baking and abandoning things.
That said, I’m not sure who I’d trust to run such a service with the user in mind. I guess Sony? but then I’m not sure how interested they are in competing with their own hardware business or operating DC capacity.
I guess delivery to consumers has always been in the hands of publishers, and they’ll just wait until what they’re doing isn’t working before buying into a new kind of distribution. Given valve launched steam with HL2 and what it became, i suppose any individual dev or publisher could become a new standard for whatever the new niche ends up being if they can come up with the killer title… like HL3…ah shit.