Playstation and Playstation 2 Games Will Come to Gaikai

Backwards compatibility coming to PS4 over Gaikai streaming.

Posted By | On 12th, Jul. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Both, the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with any of their predecessors due to a complete change in hardware architecture from PowerPC to x86. However, at the initial Playstation 4 unveiling back in February, Sony suggested that it might have at least a partial solution to the problem in the guise of Gaikai, the game streaming service that it acquired a while ago. While speculation has been rife since then, we haven’t had any official word. That changed earlier today.

In addition to streaming Playstation 3 games (which will serve to provide backwards compatibility with the PS4’s immediate predecessor), it has now been confirmed that Gaikai will also stream Playstation and Playstation 2 games. Gaikai streaming still does not have a date, with Sony confirming only that it will be available on the PS4 sometime ‘after launch.’

As of right now, we have no idea how Gaikai will work- will all titles be available for streaming for free to, maybe, PS+ subscribers? Will Gaikai even be offered on a subscription basis? Or maybe titles that you already own on PSN will be offered on PS4’s Gaikai? Stay tuned for further developments.


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  • Dissolution0fEternity

    Im honestly concerned about this feature, not everyone has access to quality broadband. I live in a third world country and the broadband is crap. I hope ps4 offers an ability to download old PS games. I need to play GOW.

    • Yuan Taizong

      Most people do, although there are a few dial-up subscribers and military-gamers, these people are just a neglectible vocal minority.

    • Dissolution0fEternity

      You have a point, but sony still needs to address how exactly this gaikai would work.

  • Yuan Taizong

    I’ve been a life-long PlayStation aficionado and gamer, Nintendo for portable consoles (¿P.C.-gamer?) and Microsoft-Fanboy since the awesome Windows 8, but as much as I love Microsoft, the PlayStation is still unmatched, Gaikai is a step in the right direction, Nintendo’s slow reaction & action of moving into the Cloud will give both Sony and Microsoft a great leap in front of them.

    By the end of 2014 EVERYTHING will be in the Cloud, and if you think Games won’t you’d be… partially right, but mostly wrong, the gears are set and turning, and the construction has started, this generation will be a battle of Sony Vs. Microsoft, if Nintendo won’t move to the Cloud they’ll fall on the ground.


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