The PlayStation 4 will stream PS3 games with Gaikai, reports Wall Street Journal
- Posted February 15th, 2013 at 20:48 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 13 Comments
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will stream PlayStation 3 games using the Gaikai service Sony acquired last year.
The news went live on the Wall Street Journal's website moments ago, and cites "people familiar with the company's plans" as its source. The service is set to be unveiled at the PlayStation Meeting on February 20 (alongside Sony's new console), but will not replace traditional optical discs for new PS4 games.
Last year, Sony purchased Gaikai, Inc. outright for $380 million in what many perceived as a move to secure next-gen plans early. Rumors and wishes run amok for how Sony will put the streaming giant's technology to use, but this would seem to be our first concrete indication of how exactly PlayStation fans will experience what Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of Nvidia Corp., says "will make for a much larger gaming industry."
Personally, I would like to see PS4 bring about a multi-tiered PlayStation Plus system that includes (but would not be limited to) payment options for streaming PS3, PS2, and PSone games.
What do you think of Sony's plans to offer PS3 games on PS4 via streaming? Sound off in the comments below, and stay glued to PSU.com for more on next week's reveal.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 9:15pm EST - February 15th, 2013
I think thats pretty cool, but not as cool as just keeping your old consoles around so you can play the physical copies. It saves money, and headaches. Everybody has their own taste. =)
- 9:22pm EST - February 15th, 2013
Hey if they can some how make to where the games you already owned on the PS3 were free to DL then I will be cool with it, but if you have to re-purchase then it is a no for me... Trust me though I will be keeping my old 3.
TSGeneralWar | GeneralWar
- 9:52pm EST - February 15th, 2013
@NYFAN75, I agree with you. If I have to buy a game I own already, then no thanks.
- 11:13pm EST - February 15th, 2013
@4 I would seriously hope that they keep it the way it is. Where the basic's are free but have a service similar to plus like they have now. If they start charging to play online then I will be done...
Gaglaush | Gaglaush
- 11:26pm EST - February 15th, 2013
Either way you look at it a Streaming service like this Sony will have to charge for it, unless they include it with PSPlus. But when it comes to PSN, i think one of the biggist selling points of PS3 is its free service, Sony has to know this and try to keep it free.
- 4:08am EST - February 16th, 2013
We'll making this a payed service makes more sence, just like internet sites were you play to watch series or films in streaming. How much would this service cost? and will it be anygood? plus srteaming a game via internet wouldn't be as good as playing the same game on disc or downloaded, I'm septic that streaming games would work well, I often get disconnected from internet where I live.
- 4:33am EST - February 16th, 2013
that is all theory, the internet infrastructure doesn't allow this, for a PS2 game maybe but high textures and lots of detailed moving objects it won't be possible
I can't understant the tech guys still don't know internet is fluctuating, for 100 Mb connection, I have between 0.8Mb and 10Mb most of the time with each second a different speed, in best cases I'll have 1.5Mb for a minute. I'm in the 8th biggest populated French city in center of town.
- 4:59am EST - February 16th, 2013
I wouldn't mind seeing new "tiers" of PlayStation Plus that provide gamers with more options than the current service.
For example, the current $50/year would carry over and function in much the same way as it does now - free games, discounts, exclusive betas, etc. Then, debuting with PS4, we'd see one or two more options. For $100/year, you can stream Sony's entire catalogue of PS1, PS2, and PS3 games along with all the bonuses of being a regular Plus member. Taking it a step further, for $15/month (or $180/year), you'd be able to stream Sony's entire catalogue of 1st- and 3rd-party PS1, PS2, PS3, AND first-party PS4 titles. At the very least, you could have access to MOST of them, much like Netflix or similar streaming services.
Honestly, I'd be tempted. I've paid $15/month for WoW years ago, and most new MMOs have an identicla payment plan. For THAT price, streaming the entire back catalogue of PlayStation games? I think I'd be sold.
Arimax | Netherlord
- 6:42am EST - February 16th, 2013
Not at $180 a year and again it ain't worth it if I got to pay for games I've already owned again. I did that with PS3 because I at least got some value out of selling my other games. And plus PS2 was broke didn't feel like buying one again.
Kajeto | Sora__87
- 9:49am EST - February 16th, 2013
Going by what Virgin say i get, 30mb and unlimited data, this should be doable for 720p. But.. do i !*@$ consistently get 30mb! (This is in the UK.)
There's no way streaming will be ready for high-end games this gen, it's why i think it could be used as a good alternative for past-gen backwards compatibility, nothing more.
- 9:52am EST - February 16th, 2013
Hey @TheTenth666 The reason you get ~1/10th of the amount of bandwidth you think you should get is that you are confusing bits and bytes. 8 bits = 1 byte. When you get a 100mb/s pipe (nice pipe by the way), you will at best get around 10MB/second of real throughput. You also loose some because of the overhead of the TCP/IP packet. So for easy math always plan on around 1/10th of what link is in bits for your real bytes throughput. Again this is a maximum you can get, and a LOT of sites can't support 100 mega bites per second anyway. The sites that I have ran only support 5-10 mega bites per second...
- 7:38pm EST - February 16th, 2013
As an option for demos and some limited bonus content maybe but if I cant even reliably stream 720p videos on youtube, one of the highest used websites in the world that should be capable of delivering non interactive content without hang ups then how do you expect Sony to do it with high end contant. NO Streaming sucks, always will without a drastic change in the infrastructure and I will not pay for something like that.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 10:25am EST - February 17th, 2013
That's what I was hoping for. I was going to wait to purchase my next gen system to see what was going to be better but with this news I will definitely want the PS4. I have about 100 PS3 games so this is a much needed feature.