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Old 01-19-2011, 08:00 PM
Todd Klein
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Default Boxee Boss Says Bye to Boxes for Games

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-startups/this-week-in-startups-108-avner-ronen-founder-of-boxee/' target='_blank'>http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-st...under-of-boxee/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>&ldquo;Games have been crucial for the adoption of almost every new platform&hellip;and I definitely think that games are gonna go to the cloud.&nbsp; So probably this generation of game consuls or the next generation of game consuls is going to be the last one.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s much is pretty clear.&nbsp; So really the fight is going to be for who owns the CPU at the home.&nbsp; Is it the game consul, or the TV maker, or the Blue Ray maker, or maybe it&rsquo;s the cable company that puts the home game player in the home.&nbsp; But probably you&rsquo;ll have one very strong CPU and then you&rsquo;ll use different screens connecting to that one CPU and the gaming is going to be part of that CPO.&nbsp; So I assume there&rsquo;s going to be this huge shift in the gaming business towards the cloud.&rdquo;</em></p><p>&nbsp;<img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1295411778.usr112503.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>Boxee CEO Avner Ronen says that all games in the future will be played in the cloud.&nbsp; In an interview with Jason Calacanis for This Week in Startups, the head of the NYC-based maker of technology that turns your TV screen into an Internet web video system asserted that today&rsquo;s game platforms will soon be a thing of the past (link <a href="http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-startups/this-week-in-startups-108-avner-ronen-founder-of-boxee/">here</a>, comment appears around the 20 minute mark).&nbsp; No more wires connecting multiple boxes to your TV, just controllers and what might be called G.O.D.-Games on Demand controlled by one box and a big (Boxee) interface in the cloud.&nbsp;</p><p>While I would love to surf for games the way I surf for shows, I think Ronen may have jumped the gun a bit and is talking his own book (what entrepreneur doesn&rsquo;t?).&nbsp; We have several more revolutions before all of the pieces are ready for a cloud-based gaming platform that integrates broadcast video, DVR, HD game graphics, sound effects, and multiple players on a fully hosted basis.&nbsp; What do you think, are Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo about to lose their gateway into the home at the expense of Comcast?&nbsp; Or should Comcast be looking to acquire a hardware company once it swallows NBC?</p>
 
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:38 PM
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Cloud-based gaming might indeed be the future, but as you say, a lot of pieces need to fall into place before it's possible.
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