The lights are on
At a roundtable interview at the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida made an announcement that is likely to make PlayStation Plus members very happy. Starting sometime next year, the Gaikai streaming service will bring PlayStation 3 titles to PS4 owners.
According to IGN, the plan is make these titles available to play not only through the new home console, but the Vita and the Vita TV as well. Yoshida stated that a good selection will be available when the service comes online and that it will grow over time.
Our TakeThis is definitely exciting, but I have some questions that Sony will need to answer before I perfect my backflip. First, what are the bandwidth needs for Gaikai streaming at a fidelity that will match current PS3 performance? Also, what will the monetization model be?
Will players rent games, purchase them, or pay a monthly subscription to access the service. In his talk, Yoshida mentioned Netflix, would imply the latter. Will there be an intersection with PlayStation Plus Instant Collection and other digital titles that have been purchased?
The Gaikai streaming sounds like a fascinating solution to the backwards compatibility conundrum, but until I see it working in a home setting, I'm going to remain skeptical. I used OnLive briefly, and it's a service that is better on paper than in practice.
I want Gaikai to be the equivalent of Netflix, streaming games in HD with a nominal subscription fee giving me access to a vast library. I hope reality lives up to my expectation. I also hope ISPs around the country are ready for this.
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It sounds like a good idea!
I'm curious if games I already own for PS3 will be stream-able for free on PS4. It wouldn't be a deal breaker, I can keep my PS3, but it would be nice to just have it all on one system.
I want to be able to download and play every PS3 game, is that too much to ask? (*Sarcasm Implied*)
Awesome news, I'm still going to hang on to my PS3 through year end to play Lords of Shadow 2. After that, nothing I've seen is not coming out on PS4 also.
Yeah, this seems like it's really cool on paper. But I really need to see it in action in the real world to accept it.
Once I get more information on the streaming, I think I'll slim down my game collection and just keep my must have games on disc and sell the games that I don't necessarily need a physical copy of.
I'm still really iffy on this. Why would I want to pay a sub, just to avoid hooking up my PS3? If it's built into Playstation Plus, then awesome. If not, it better have a lot of good games. While I very likely won't use Gaikai to replace my PS3, if it can also stream older games, I might try it out.
On the plus side, this will make Vita TV even more worthwhile.
I don't mind a flat subscription, as long as it's comparable to say, Netflix in cost. Overall you are saving tons more than having to buy each individual title.
Hopefully that no issues will happen when this releases.
we'll have to wait and see, but sounds good so far...we'll wait and see...
very exciting, I didn't expect this until 2015. maybe ps2 games will come 2015
Yes this is very important, but like the game journalist said i will take a wait & see approach with this. But proprly executed this could be spectacular!!!!!!!!
I dont care for ps3 games. i want all old ps1 and ps2 games up
In regards to GI's 'Take', totally agree. What ARE the bandwidth requirements for Gaikai? What titles will be offered?
Looks like I'll have to upgrade my internet for this.