Sony to offer PS2 cloud gaming via Gaikai partnership, says report

A new report from Games Industry Internationalclaims that inside sources have said Sony is currently working on a deal with cloud gaming company Gaikai to bring backward compatibility to Sony products.

Though details are still shaky, the report suggests that the deal could bring PS2 and PS1 games to all manner of Sony products, not just PS3 and Vita. It even speculates that Sony-branded televisions might get in on the action.

This would offer Sony two key benefits if it turns out to be true. For starters, it would finally allow Sony to make backward compatibility standard across the PS3, as players who purchased the 40GB console still can't play PS2 games. The second benefit, as GI International suggests, is that this would be a wonderful testing ground for the next generation.

This would allow Sony the opportunity to get its feet wet in cloud gaming before committing to it whole-hog with the PS4. 

As of now these details remain unconfirmed, however the source speculated that we'll hear all about this at E3, so we'll find out soon enough.

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  • therawski - June 4, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    Just boycott this.
  • KA87 - June 2, 2012 5:31 a.m.

    Dude, I am not going to repurchase games that I already own. If I want to play Killzone 1 or FF-10 I will just pull out my PS2 that still runs great. And if I can't find a game that I want to play on it I can just go to the local movie rental place (which aparently has the vast majority of PS2 games ever made) and rent them for 4 day at $1 apiece.
  • Balaska - June 2, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    I believe only the launch PS3 had backwards compatability. Sony don't use emulation like Microsoft, they skrink the old hardware down to a single chip and put it on board the new hardware. This is what made the original PS3 so stupidly expensive, as it had a PS2 inside it. A while a go I read about a plug in box for the PS3 to allow you to play PS2 games, shame that came to nothing :( Cloud gaming is a blight upon consumer rights, you must be connected to the internet to play and your game collection can be removed at the whim of your service provider.
  • KipicBloud - June 1, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    Plus, if I understand what they mean by "cloud gaming", you would need a consistent internet connection, as all content is streamed to you. So you are, in every instance, "renting" the game! You wouldn't even have the data to play it offline! I REALLY hope I'm wrong on this one!!
  • Tjwoods18 - June 1, 2012 6:09 p.m.

    I do not even use my ps plus cloud storage, why would I use this?
  • Tjwoods18 - June 1, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    OK now I believe that they are a tad too late to the party on this one. Almost all of the most aweosmest ps2 games are already on the ps3 via hd collections. So why would we need this here and now? I already have MGS sons of liberty and snake eater, as well as the old prince of persia titles and soon to be ratchet and clank. So tell me why would I want this? Besides as darkhawk already pointed out sony is notorious for making pay for somthing twice. I myself see it as a lose lose situation.
  • Brutalicus - June 1, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    "as players who purchased the 40GB console still can't play PS2 games" ... isn't it impossible to play PS2 games on all but the oldest PS3 models? I had a launch-day 60BG die on me a few months ago, and I am loath to replace it with one of the newer ones.
  • Darkhawk - June 1, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    "For starters, it would finally allow Sony to make backward compatibility standard across the PS3, as players who purchased the 40GB console still can't play PS2 games." /\ This, my friends, is still garbage. True backwards compatibility would be allowing me to plug my already purchased PS2 discs into my PS3. All this will do, like the Classics and VIrtual Console before it, is offer gamers the opportunity to re-purchase titles they already own. Now, imagine if you could register UPC codes from PS2 games to get free access! That would be awesome :)
  • KipicBloud - June 1, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    "All PS3s will now have backwards compatibility!" "That word, I don't think it means what you think it means....."
  • MyNameIsMisterBrooks - June 4, 2012 2:45 a.m.

    But how would Sony make money? Precious money! Money, money, money, money, money! Jack Tretton has a lifestyle that he would like to maintain, thank you!
  • vadorsoul - June 1, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    Would this be only for play station plus subscribers....
  • Tjwoods18 - June 1, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    They would most likely have access to the service early.

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