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Sony bringing PS3 games to PS4 and Vita in 2014

By Mike Williams

Sony bringing PS3 games to PS4 and Vita in 2014

Thu 19 Sep 2013 3:57pm GMT / 11:57am EDT / 8:57am PDT

Gaikai's cloud tech will let you play PS3 games to PS4 and Vita

Sony Computer Entertainment

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In a roundtable interview at Tokyo Game Show today (attended by IGN), Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida revealed that the company will be launching the Gaikai cloud-streaming service in North America next year. The service will launch with a specific selection of PlayStation 3 games, with more being released over time.

Yoshida compared Sony's plans for Gaikai to Netflix: the company won't offer everything at launch, but it wants a decent number of titles for consumers. The games will be available for play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Vita TV.

While the Gaikai service will launch in 2014 in North America, Yoshida had no specific timeframe for a European launch. Sony has yet to explain how the Gaikai service will work for consumers.

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Spencer Franklin Concept Artist

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All I want to know is...If I already own the game for PS3, will I have to purchase it again to be able to use it on my PS4? I hope not...

Posted:3 years ago


Mbuso Radebe Associate Producer, Smoking Gun Interactive Inc.

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@Spencer - If the Netflix analogy is correct, then Gaikai users should have access to the entire available library. If that is true, that would be great. I'm interested to see how this evolves.

Posted:3 years ago


Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing

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Given my poor experiences with other game streaming services, I'm not optimistic this will be any better. They work for slow games, but anything that requires timing is a bomb. Maybe this will be different, but the proof will be in the pudding

Posted:3 years ago


Neil Young Programmer, Rebellion Developments

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@Mbuso - that's how onlive worked (works?), so that makes sense.

Posted:3 years ago


Sandy Lobban , Noise Me Up

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Hence the carefully selected list of games. The infrastructure just isnt there to provide everyone with a guaranteed service. It'll be a long time before anyone can say its sufficient at busy network times. Downloading to local memory with content in the cloud is still the best option for games that require user interaction. Sony essentially traded in other company assets offset the purchase of Gakai. I think it was a knee jerk reaction to an overrated technology.

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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OnLive never worked well. I suspect this won't either. There is hugely noticeable lag in game streaming. I also am not wild about paying another subscription to play my old PS3 games on my PS4/Vita.

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Soooo... can we admit NOW that unless there are major fixes, in general, game streaming is a lousy idea until the infrastructure is up and running at 100% capability and anyone who wants to use it can afford it? I bet Sony is cracking the whip on whomever is working on the "getting this stuff working more than OK" part until they're happy it'll at least play something without lagging unforgivably during crush hours.

Posted:3 years ago


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