Could PlayStation Now Become a Console All Its Own?

Sony's reveal of PlayStation Now raised as many questions as it did nostalgic memories. The new service allows PlayStation users to stream PlayStation 1, 2 and 3 games directly to multiple devices, most notably PS4 and PS Vita, thereby lessening the sting left by the PS4's lack of backwards compatibility, as well as expanding the number of playable titles on the fledgling system. Other than the obvious software edge and aforementioned library expansion, what is Sony planning to do with their new Gaikai-powered toy?

Well, according to Sony itself andour own Matt Liebl, we can cross fixing backwards compatibility off the list, as PlayStation Now is little more than patchwork in that regard. Until the game's library is upped to include every popular past title, that's all it will be. However, there's a second question that needs asking-one powered by lightning, and paired with oversized goggles and maniacal cackling.
Could PlayStation Now effectively obviate and replace PlayStation 5, 6 and so on and become a console in and of itself?

The more sensible question here is can a service very much akin to PlayStation Now maintain and provide a veritable virtual library on par with what a new console offers? Practically (and hypothetically) speaking, the proposal is this: In approximately eight years, when you go to buy a new system (the eponymous PlayStation 5 or Xbox ... Two), could you instead buy access to a virtual console, which, in this scenario, would stream its games to your current system, treating it as a client with processing performed externally?

It's a very pretty dream, to be sure-the idea of never having to upgrade your hardware again, all while gaining access to improved and more powerful software. There are, of course, several problems with this Frankenstein's Monster...

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