Rumour: Gaikai To Stream PlayStation 3 Games Onto PlayStation 4

This morning a few of us were discussing Gaikai on Twitter: would it becoming to PlayStation? How would this be possible? The Gaikai website is, as you would expect, is rather vague about any plans, “Unfortunately, we cannot share any details at this point in time.”

Happily, though, other people are more than happy to fill in the blanks, like this rather old job advert from Sony: “Gaikai is leading the cloud gaming revolution, putting console-quality video games on any device, from TVs to consoles to mobile devices and beyond.” Other jobs also listing Gaikai for consoles and mobile devices can be found on Gaikai’s own website, ironically enough.

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Further to this, a recently published article on The Wall Street Journal indicates quite clearly that the PS4 will stream PlayStation 3 games:

“Sony Corp. is planning to offer technology to stream games to its next video game console, people familiar with the company’s plans say, alongside other enhancements to bolster its position in the market,” says the paper, which is behind a pay wall.

“The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet, these people said. The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console.”

So that’s Gaikai for PS4 pretty much confirmed – but let’s go back to that original job advert, it says Gaikai will be available on ‘any device’ including mobile devices. If Gaikai is going to be streaming games to PS4 then it’s not going to take too much extra work to stream them to PS Vita as well.

Wednesday is going to be very, very interesting indeed.

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32 Comments

  1. I think the big announcement this week will make more of the PS4’s connectivity with other devices within the sony family than hardware improvements. This could mean gaikai streaming PS4 titles playing on your PS4 to your Xperia phone/tablet or Vita. Maybe? Maybe even to another TV in the house. So your missus kicks you off the TV but you can go to another room and carry on playing. Better than Wii U no? You heard it here first.

  2. I think most people here are misisng the point. The do not just want to charge you to play the games you already own. If you want to keep playing them, then keep your PS3 and play them.
    What they could offer you is for you to sell your PS3 and all of your games to fund a PS4 and then stream the occasional “classic” that you enjoyed so much.
    Ideally they could have a PS+ tier that allows you to stream a limited number of PS3 games a month. Let’s say you get to pick 3 games each month that you can stream as often and as long as you want. If you want to play game number 4 you would unregister one of the original three games and register for the new game for the upcoming month.
    Also, like eye8have9you3 mentioned, your PS3 could always break somewhere down the road and I personally wouldn’t bother to get another PS3 just to play “old” games again.

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