The lights are on
With the announcement of the next PlayStation right around the corner, rumors and leaks have already started to circulate in anticipation of the February 20 event. Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has announced that it believes Sony's next console will be able to stream PlayStation 3 titles off the cloud.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony's new console will stream old games over the internet using technology from a company Sony acquired last year. This means that the PS4 won't have the same backwards compatibility issues that the PS3 struggled with. Last year Sony announced that it had purchased cloud based gaming company Gaikai for over $380 million, so this all seems to line up. We'll be excited to get confirmation on all this news next week.
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Are we in the cloud right now?
This would be awesome.
Or, they could do this the Vita way. Many PSP games that are downloadable can be played on Vita. Since PS3 has many games downloadable too, just do the same thing for PS4, except, make ALL PS3 games compatible.
In theory this sounds great but IMO Sony will probably bleed us dry for this. I can see them setting it up as a subscription service of some kind. Hopefully you will be able to access games you already own for free but I doubt it. Also what about people who have a slow internet connection or low data cap? Sony's acting like everybody has access to decent BB internet service & that definitely is not the case over here in the states. Where I live the only type of BB internet I have access to is mobile BB. I use Sprint's 4G network which is pretty good for a mobile network but don't hold a candle to any land based BB internet connection. My max speeds are 6Mbs down & 1Mbs up & my data cap is 12GB a month which is the highest data cap they offer.
What a lot of people are not remembering here is that there is no good way to make PS3 games work on the PS4 without this cloud service. It is basically the cloud or nothing. The PS3 runs on The Cell architecture the PS4 will likely run on an x86 architecture. It's the same problem we had last generation that the PS3 could not run PS2 games without an actual Emotion Engine inside it. The differences between architectures is so great that it can not be done with a simple software emulation like they used from Xbox 1 to 360. They will actually be running the games on PS3s over the cloud, at the same time ensuring no emulation issues, to get around the fact the PS4 can't process games running on The Cell architecture. Yeah it has its drawbacks but besides putting out a $600 PS4 with an actual Cell inside that is going to cost Sony a ton of money in manufacturing and efficiency, this is the only way to do it technologically and that makes business sense.
Ooh I can't wait until tomorrow!
I'm good with this.