Report: The Next PlayStation Will Stream PS3 Games

Ever since Sony purchased streaming games company Gakai last year, it's been speculated that they were planning to have the next PlayStation stream games. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that is indeed the case, and that the new console will stream PlayStation 3 games.

Citing "people familiar with the company's plans", the WSJ report elaborates:

The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet, these people said. The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console; the new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs

Next Sony PlayStation to Stream Games [Wall Street Journal]

Originally posted on Kotaku

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    An announcement of backwards compatibility to play my old games? Good news.

    An announcement that none of my old games will work, but I can buy them all again on the online marketplace? Shove your price gouging.

      Why not wait for the official announcement in a couple of days, rather than jumping to conclusions?

        I seriously doubt either console will support backwards compatibility from disc, Microsoft didn't with the 360, and Sony dropped it pretty quickly due to costs on the PS3. But there's zero chance of me buying the same game twice because they try and price gouge with an online purchase emulation system.

          If you already have the PS3, why not just keep playing PS3 games on that?...

            Because I don't trust it. We aren't in the good old days of reliable cartridge based systems like NES, SNES, N64 which I will probably still be able to play in 10-20 years from now, current systems aren't built to last and have a lot of moving parts prone to failure such as disc drives and fans.

            Not to mention with backwards compatibility it means you can trade your old system towards the new one, and only use one spot in your entertainment unit.

              Cartridges reliable? You have a terrible memory.

              Next you'll complain that cars don't come with cassette players so you have you buy your ginormous collection again on CD. Lets not forget the time you got screwed with the lack of 4/8 track compatibility.

              Best not mention all those phonograph cylinders you still have from the 1870s...

              Last edited 18/02/13 8:46 am

                I was playing Super Mario Bros on my NES through my 46" LCD a week ago. No issues, and the way the art is done scales beautifully for both the NES and SNES. N64 though gives me motion sickness if I don't use a CRT.

              We aren't in the good old days of reliable cartridge based systems like NES, SNES, N64...

              This made me LOL. The old days of 'blowing' on the cartridges bring back good - but bad memories LOL

                My carts all still work fine now, plus dust in a cart is far easier to fix than a scratched CD/DVD/Bluray.

              I'm surprised flash chips didn't become akin to carts. That would have been awesome.

          Actually, the 360 has limited backwards compatibility (so far have only found 1 game that wont work out of my old collection)

          Whereas PS3 had hardware backwards compatibility in US and Japan, and software in the rest of the world. They then removed it completely from all selling regions.

            Pretty sure my original fat 60Gig PS3 is still backwards compatible.

              If it was the Original, then yes it would, however if bought i most regions, it would be software emulated not hardware emulated, and as such has less games it can do.

              But they removed it completely in later versions. Not even having a pricier model with it in.

    I have a fairly standard DSL connection, say 10Mbps, and iView and YouTube stop half way through to buffer. How the hell will it cope with a PS3 game......

    I am not a fan of not having a physical game to be honest. Something about it is just waiting for it to go horribly wrong and all of a sudden you have no games. No internet, no games. Compromised account, no games.

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