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Start streaming PS3 games to PS4 and PS Vita in 2014

PS4 and PS Vita owners can start streaming from a library of backwards compatible titles in 2014, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told IGN this week. North American players will be the first to get access to the cloud of PS3 titles.

The streaming service built on Gaikai will launch with a decent selection of titles and expand over time, Yoshida said, much like Netflix. The games will be playable through PS4, PS Vita, and PS Vita TV, though Sony has no current plans to launch the latter in North America.

Yoshida said PS3 streaming will likely launch in Europe after the North American service gets up and running. He didn't specify how the games will be accessed; i.e., for previous owners, available for purchase a la carte, or as part of an all-in-one subscription like PlayStation Plus.

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6 comments

  • Shinn - September 21, 2013 2:30 a.m.

    Wait, PS3 games streamed to my Vita? Yes please.
  • Eightboll812 - September 20, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    You know, it's great and all that they have "a solution" for backwards compatibility, but I do have to hate on Sony since I presume that Gaikai won't offer any financial aid in this regard. Let me clarify. What most people want out of backwards compatibility is to play games they already own on a newer system. They don't want to buy them again in a new format, because that's not backwards compatibility. That's porting an older title. It does irk me when companies try to pass this off as "backwards compatibility" since it does nothing for those who actually want backwards compatibility. When I ask for backwards compatibility, I'm not asking if I can re-purchase an old title sometime in the future and play it for nostalgia. I'm asking if I can play what I already own. Let me say that again. I'm not asking "IN THEORY, can I play all 30 titles that I own?", I'm asking, "Can I ACTUALLY PLAY all 30 titles that I own..." like as in "THE ACTUAL copy that I own," not a new copy that I have to buy. Backwards compatibility isn't some exercise in hypotheticals, it's actual compatibility where rubber meets road. If Sony can find some way to allow me to trade in old titles for credit or equivalent titles on Gaikai, I'd gladly do it. But somehow I doubt that will be part of the offering.
  • BladedFalcon - September 20, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Even if that doesn't happen, and I will say is that having this option is better than nothing. I mean, sure, it's not the best, or the IDEAL, but it's better than just straight having no way of playing PS3 games on PS4 whatsoever. Of course though, i do hope they work in a way to make owners of PS3 titles worth their while.
  • Eightboll812 - September 20, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    Yeah, it's better than nothing, but I get tired of companies trying to get me to pay multiple times on something that I've already bought. I would be like Amazon coming out with a new Kindle and expecting me to buy a new copy of a book, just so it could be read on the new one. I know the comparison isn't that simple since that is a book and this is a console game, but still, it really should be that simple. I bought this, and it's fundamentally the same game, so I shouldn't have to pay a second time for the same thing. I get tired of having to buy a different copy of Plant vs. Zombies because my wife has an iPhone and I have an Android, but at least when I do that, it's only a couple dollars. Console games aren't anywhere close to that price point, so it's far more annoying to be made to expect to pay double and triple the cost of the game to have it on different hardware. But that aside, don't call it "backwards compatibility" because it really isn't if I can't put my old disk in and have it play. So that's another pet peeve. Now, I wouldn't mind if Sony created an emulator software package and sold it for a flat fee, like, lets say, $50. Typically with emulation, there's a good bit of work that goes into it, and it's taxing on CPU, and it takes even more work to get it to work well on something that's only one generation ahead instead of two or more, so I don't mind paying for true backwards compatibility since I know there's value in that work. But I don't want to pay a fee times every game when the game is simply recompiled with little to no actual work put into the porting.
  • Fox_Mulder - September 21, 2013 1:35 a.m.

    I PRAY that there won't be a fee to play the games I already own, that would be horrible. My positivity is hoping for an option such as: you insert the disc into your PS4, or you enter in some technical info about the game (such as model number or something similar) then Gaikai confirms you own the game, and you stream it for free. Hell, even a subscription type scenario would be fine with me if you had to pay like $10 a year ( I know, wishful thinking) to stream your old stuff. Then there's the whole issue of downloaded games. I hope that since it's all tied to your account, then you can just boot up your PS4 and download Journey. I still play that game regularly, when I'm feeling down, or just want to enjoy the art for a couple hours. And I would really prefer if I didn't have to re-hook up my PS3 everytime I wanted to play some Journey.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - September 20, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Ideally, what should happen once Gaikai is up and running is: You put your PS3 disc into your PS4 (which should be able to read it, since it has a Blu-ray drive). Your PS4 recognizes the disc. Gaikai then steps in and starts streaming the game and asks you to remove your disc. But more than likely, you'll have to pay for all of your games again.

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