PS4 may allow cross-platform play with mobiles

PS4 may allow cross-platform play with mobiles
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

February 19th 2013 at 11:30AM

Cloud gaming on Sonyâ??s next generation machine could enable cross-platform play

PlayStation 4’s streaming technology could allow consumers to play games on mobile devices, sources close to Sony have said.

A report in the Wall Street Journal suggested that the successor to PS3 will use streaming technology to deliver games via the internet, as well as offering them on disc. The streaming technology comes courtesy of Gaikai, which was purchased by Sony last summer.

Using this technology, it is thought that cross-compatibility with mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, will be possible, allowing players to take their console game experience on the move.

Sony’s handheld, PS Vita, currently enables certain games to be cross-compatibility with PS3, with games such as Wipeout 2048 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale offering ‘cross play’ multiplayer.

The new PlayStation will also allow players to share achievements on social networks through more refined links to Facebook or Twitter, while also enabling content such as sharing footage of gameplay via YouTube, people familiar with Sony's plans said.

The new Sony console is also thought to launch at retail price of £300, according to a report by The Times.

Sony’s next generation games console is expected to be announced at a press event in New York tomorrow.

The electronics maker has been posting brief video histories of its consoles in the build up to tomorrow’s announcement.