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.