Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai, the president and CEO of Sony Corporation, took the stage at the Venetian's Palazzo Ballroom to deliver this year's keynote speech at CES 2014. Among the biggest announcements were a new content-streaming platform from Sony and a 4K short-throw projector.
Kaz brought out a number of guests, including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton. His most interesting guest, though, was Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. House announced a new cloud-based TV-streaming service that will be available in the US this year. He told the audience that users will be able to choose popular live TV programs to view, not to mention a huge library of video-on-demand content. Consumers will be able to use it on smartphones and tablets, as well.
House also talked about a game-streaming service called Playstation Now, which is the highly anticipated product of Sony acquisition of game-streaming company Gaikai last year. Consumers will be able to stream PS3 games on either their Playstation 4 or a Bravia TV. House even said that you'll be able to play your favorite PS3 games on a tablet. Pricing and release information were not given.
When Kaz came out again, he talked about something Sony calls "Life space UX concept." The idea behind this is that your walls or living space should not be a barrier to your creativity. To remedy this, he unveiled a short-throw 4K projector that will display a 147-inch screen on your wall. Kaz talked about using it as a window, displaying scenery on your wall instead of nothing. This product will launch this summer, but pricing information was not given.