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Gaikai On PS4 Will Support "The Best" PS3 Games

Not everything, then, and certainly not at first.

Sony were woolly about what Gaikai can do for PlayStation in February, and they haven’t really expanded beyond that too far since. The idea is that huge server banks running as PlayStation 3s will stream games over the internet to your PlayStation 4 console, but the numbers (both in terms of server capacity and the games themselves) have been kept under wraps.

That’s probably because, at least back at the beginning of the year, the idea was mostly conceptual. We’re sure Gaikai have the tech, but it’s doubtful there’s a great deal working just yet. And the service, when it does appear in 2014, will be limited to those in the US at first. When it’ll appear over here, and in what guise, is anyone’s guess.

You can watch Andrew House talking about Gaikai at E3 above.

Today we’ve also learnt that it’ll only work with “the best” PS3 games, unless that’s just an unfortunately choice of words. The latest Access PS episode fills in the gaps, but it’s a little disappointing to hear it’s not – potentially – going to be the entire range. The goal is apparently “to eventually have many more legacy PlayStation titles” available.

At least the video shows Journey, The Last Of Us and Uncharted 3, which would be a great starter.

Hopefully we’ll hear more about Gaikai for European users at Gamescom next month, the first time Sony have talked about the next-gen console outside of the US in any great capacity.

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  1. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Need Warhawk on it to be able to sell my PS3

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 14:55.
    • cam_manutd
      Since: May 2010


      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:18.
    • Jakster123x
      Since: Aug 2011

      It’s amazing that the Warhawk love continues to this day. Brilliant game.

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:23.
    • Amphlett
      Since: Jul 2009

      Warhawk will definitely be on there as it’s the best PS3 game. [slight sarcasm towards Sony’s use of the term ‘best games’ being ever so woolly and ‘best games’ is down to personal opinion unless they qualify their measure].

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 16:33.
    • Michael
      Team TSA: Development
      Since: Forever

      Hell yeah!

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 17:21.
    • beeje13
      Since: Jan 2010

      I dunno how online multiplayer fares with Gaikai…

      Comment posted on 13/07/2013 at 14:40.
  2. mrfodder
    Since: Nov 2009

    They can’t do the whole range as they don’t have the rights to. Same reason they couldn’t make all psp umd games digital.

    I expect Ireland will never see this. Same as Video Store and Playstation Mobile.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 14:57.
  3. bmg_123
    Since: Feb 2012

    No point putting the entire library on if the minority of the market will be able to use it

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 14:59.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      Agreed, fella. Let alone making the games available online when one lonely sod plays it and no other bugger wants to enjoy a certain, but niche, title.

      It makes sense for Gaikai to initially aim for the best games out there as that’ll produce the most revenue (assuming they charge something for the service).

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:05.
  4. 3shirts
    Since: Aug 2008

    My real issue is the cost of this feature. I doubt they’ll have a way to check you own the games (especially with physical media) which means you either ‘license’ them or they form part of a subscription model. I don’t really want to pay again for games I have.

    It would be lovely if it was part of PS+ but I doubt that.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 14:59.
    • jimmy-google
      Since: Feb 2009

      I’m hoping it’ll give you access to any games you own on PS+ already.

      A spotify like subscription could work well.

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:15.
    • Spence1115
      Since: Jul 2009

      I can see how they could verify it actually.

      Digital games: PSN account, simple.
      Physical games: Require the disc in the drive at all times playing. Even though its not reading data from the disc, it’ll at least confirm that you own the disc.

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 16:07.
      • Amphlett
        Since: Jul 2009

        Good ideas there, especially regarding the physical media being present in the drive.

        Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 16:36.
      • Stef Nighthawk
        Since: Jun 2010

        Physical disc should be the key/proof of purchase!

        Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 15:55.
  5. cam the man
    Since: May 2009

    I’m not too bothered about having Gaikai at the moment but if/when you’ll be able to play PS3 titles on a tablet or smart phone then I’ll be more interested.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:15.
    • xdarkmagician
      Since: May 2009

      Thats how I feel too. If I buy a PS4 it isn’t going to be to stream PS3 games and if I want to play PS3 games I would just go and buy the disc used, probably at the same cost of a month of Gaikai service, to play in the PS3 I’m keeping because I know the PS4 can’t play PS3 games. IMO the only way Gaikai will be successful is if it allows Sony games on tablets and phones, and every other device that doesn’t have a PS brand. Its why Netflix is so popular and finally becoming profitable, because its available everywhere to everyone with internet

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 22:31.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever


      The point of streaming, is to have a relatively dumb device but then stream something to it that it would never be able to play because of technological limitations.

      Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 23:30.
  6. ABlokeCalledDaz
    Since: May 2010

    I would have thought it would have to be a subscription service seperate to PS Plus or as an add on to PS Plus (PS Plus+??).

    WIth the multiplayer going in there as well now, Sony have to use some of that money to make a robust service or Microsoft will trounce it, on top of all the games they are giving away (not that I’m complaining about that aspect) doing it as part of the existing service can’t be viable.

    If the service is decent when it hits the UK I’ll flog my PS3 and games (or give it to the kids). I’m thinking I’ll have both consoles for a while though and hopefully run down my PS3 usage like I did with my dear old PS2 when I got my PS3.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 15:55.
  7. Amphlett
    Since: Jul 2009

    Number of PS2 games I played on the PS3… 1. Pro Evo Soccer a hangover from my PS2 to when the PS3 was released. It looked blooming awful on a big flat screen telly.

    I won’t be hankering after any PS3 games when my new black angular box turns up.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 16:38.
  8. quinkill
    Since: Oct 2010

    If i have to pay to stream my ps3 digital library i’m just going to keep my ps3. Simples!

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 17:27.
  9. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    It must take a fair bit to convert each game to the streaming format, so i’m not really surprised. I’ll be hanging on to my PS3 at any rate.

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 18:05.
  10. hol
    Since: Oct 2009

    Make sure GT6 is on there & I’ll be interested ;)

    Comment posted on 12/07/2013 at 18:13.