Sony's PlayStation 4 Will Heavily Utilize Gaikai Game Streaming Technologies

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News Posted: Fri, Feb 15 2013 9:17 PM
When you're as big as Sony, even acquisitions that cost around $380 million can sometimes get swept under the rug. But if you had any fears that Sony's purchase of Gaikai wouldn't yield near-instant results, think again. With the PlayStation 4 likely to be unveiled by Sony next week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a major part of the PS4's functionality will deal with the underlying technology that Gaikai built. In specific terms, the PlayStation 4 will offer backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 software. But not only in disc support -- it'll be able to stream games in, much like Wii U users can do when playing classic Nintendo titles.


Beyond streaming PS3 titles, the PS4 may also support streaming of new, PlayStation 4 titles. Unlike the PSPgo, which eschewed physical media altogether in favor of digital downloads, the PS4 will likely have its hand in both the physical realm and the cloud realm. It's probably a wise move for Sony, as to not entirely alienate a world that's shifting away from physical media, but is far from ready to give it up entirely.

Of course, cloud gaming and even game streaming is hardly a novel idea. The $99 OUYA KickStarter console will rely solely on cloud games, for example. But with Sony's technology purchase, it's clear that a huge deal of focus will be placed on this, and it's likely that Sony's next-gen game streaming will trump anything else on the market. Guess we'll find out for sure next week, huh?
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RWilliams replied on Sat, Feb 16 2013 1:23 PM

I have doubts that the streaming would be used for PS4 games, because there's just little need. For backwards-compat, Sony NEEDS to do something like this, given the different rumored processor architecture. It'd just be less of a headache to keep PS4 games on disc or available as a download and then take advantage of the advanced hardware the console is equipped with.

I'm not opposed to the idea of streaming games, but I am kind of opposed to the idea of re-purchasing games that you already own on disc. Sony -could- implement a program to remedy that, but it seems unlikely.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Feb 16 2013 2:42 PM

I agree with RWilliams. I highly doubt the streaming will see huge use with PS4 games. No one's going to pay money for a hugely expensive box that ends up playing the same games as the much cheaper Ouya or Steambox at the same quality.

At any rate, I don't think it would be wise to invest heavily in an expensive console. With all of the ports and new games coming to Linux (and now working Wine support for NetFlix, LoveFilm, Redbox Instant, etc.), I think it's prime time for a resurgence of media-center PCs.

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