Only four days left until Sonys big reveal that could be the PlayStation 4 and already we’ve seen what the controller could look like, what it’s insides could contain, and a few other unsavoury rumours about used games and backwards compatibility.
That hasn’t stopped the rumour mill churning though, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Sony will be using the technology acquired when they purchased the video game streaming company Gaikai last June to stream games to the next generation console.
It’s been said that Sony won’t be using the service to stream across new titles however, what WSJ have reported is that Sony will utilise the service to stream across PS3 games to the new console, essentially making it backwards compatible. What does this mean for gamers with a vast PS3 collection? Well if you get the PS4, all of those discs will be useless to that console if what EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said is true.
An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible.
A quote taken directly from Jorgensen’s speech at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. He also stated that multiplayer games will “most likely not be able to play with someone from a different generation” but that’s easy to see why. If the rumoured specifications are true, someone on the next-gen console will probably have the upper hand due to the faster processing power and the better networking capabilities as well as the rumour of the AMD x86 chip, that essentially isn’t compatible with PS3 or PS2 games.
So If this is true, hopefully Sony come up with a way for you to “activate” your existing games without the need to shell out too much money..