The PS4’s Cloud Backward Compatibility Will Arrive Next Year
Having next-gen console arrive with no backwards compatibility is a huge downer. Granted, most of us understand why we won’t be able to pop our PS3 and Xbox 360 games into our new console have have them just magically run. Trust me, it really isn’t that easy. Thankfully, Sony has been working on a way to bring PS3 games to the PS4, and it’s coming sometime next year.
Taking the stage at TGS, Sony’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida announced that the Gaikai cloud service for the PS4, which will allow players to stream older titles, will launch in 2014 in North America.
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When in 2014? Sony doesn’t know. When in Europe? Nope, try again. How much will it cost? Ok just stop now before you embarrass yourself.
Seriously, that’s all that Sony were will to give up during the announcement, besides the fact that the streaming service will be available on the PS4, PS Vita and the recently announced PS Vita TV, which we won’t be getting anyway.
There’s no word yet as to how much players will have to pay to reclaim games they might already have on a disc on a shelf someone, but the real question you should be asking is whether or not we should actually care about this functionality yet. Because to be honest, there’s no domestic connection available locally that could stream this games in a playable state, and I really don’t see that drastically changing in the near future.
So kudos to Sony for giving backwards compatibility some love, but it’s just another one of those features that South Africa will probably have to look over. For now at least.