You Can Play PS3 Games on Your PlayStation 4 Next Year

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We’ve known for some time that Sony’s planning to fold PS3 games into the PlayStation 4’s ecosystem vis-a-vis Gaikai’s cloud streaming tech, but we didn’t know when — until today.

While we’re still hazy on the timeframe, we can rule out the PS4’s November 15 launch, or any time in 2013, according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who identified the service’s North American debut as simply “2014” during a Tokyo Game Show roundtable.

Yoshida didn’t divulge pricing, or whether current physical or digital ownership of a PS3 game would factor into said pricing plans (I’m guessing digital maybe, physical probably not). IGN, which captured the event on video, says Yoshida contrasted the service with Netflix and noted Sony would need to launch with a solid lineup if it wants to entice buyers (no arguments from me). You’ll be able to play the games on the PS4, the PS Vita or Vita TV.

Bear in mind what Gaikai is: a cloud streaming service that passes along a compressed video stream of a game rendered on a remote server. Its fidelity, visually speaking, depends on several things staying in sync, most of all the speed of your Internet connection.

Speaking from experience with OnLive, the once-and-maybe-not-future cloud streaming golden child, image quality can vary, sometimes significantly. At best, it’s still less pristine than the native version of a game running locally; at worst, it resembles an artifact-riddled Skype or FaceTime call in the throes of stuttering off the rails. Unless I’m wrong about whatever form the final PS4 version of Gaikai takes, and I don’t think I will be, I wouldn’t use it to play older PlayStation games. Not unless Sony yanks the PlayStation Store, and I can’t imagine it ever doing that.

I will, on the other hand, avail myself of Gaikai’s clever try-a-game-before-buying-it angle (whether the whole game, or just a demo). That, anytime video and screen capture, and Remote Play for the PS Vita (where streaming’s handled locally without the mercurialness of the Internet — err, maybe) are where cloud streaming has my attention.


If people would just use googlemail to do the following; ALL GAMES would be able to be sold on.

1) When you buy a new game CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT Using the title and the CODE of the game. i.e. GranTurismo6_ABCXYZ1234 (game code).
2) Set up a googlemail address as the `code of the game` 
3) Use the CODE as the e-mail password.

Use and sell on as you like. Passing on the PS3/X-Box account details and e-mail address DETAILS to the new user, who become the new system owner.

I can use my existing game on a new X-Box/PS3 when my old X-Box/PS3 overheats and blows up. 
When I put my game on my replacement PS3/X-Box I can tell it to only allow this system to play the game.

Do you understand?


i don't understand this much ... can someone explain it to me in more detail pls..

if i have a PS3 disk, can i not just play it on the new PS4? isn't it backward compatible with PS3,PS2 and PS1??

and what is this Gaikai? how can i use a game from the cloud service? won't it take me a lot of time to download a huge game ( approx 30-40GB) ... and also significantly consume my bandwidth?

according to what i understand, " GAIKAI is an online cloud with all previous editions of PS3,2,1 games for all users to use and play ( i don't know about the cost and stuff ). Even if i have 100 games for my PS3, it won't be useful for the new PS4. And if i have poor internet connection, i can forget about PS4 gaming "... am i right? 

forgive me if i am wrong and pls provide me with  correct  knowledge about the whole isue


壮哉我大索尼 To great sony


@92venkat Here's what you need to know. The PS4 is NOT backwards compatible with PS3 PS2 or even PS1 game DISKS. GAIKAI is the cloud service that will allow you to play those older games through streaming them over the internet. From this article I'm gathering you won't be able to download them to the PS4 hard drive and be able to play them. Any other questions let me know.


@phoenixking1611 @92venkat my only question is.. if i download borderlands 2 via the PS-store can i re-download them onto my PS4 when i get it?  i have put so much money into that game and love it so much i dont want to give it up!


@phoenixking1611 @92venkat  Do you know games I have on the PSN for my PS3 will work with GAIKAI or will i have buy them again. I have a ton of games I got from my PS Plus Membership and if I can play them on GAIKAI PS4 I can ditch my old PS3, or give it to my kids!