Report: PS4 to stream games with Gaikai

Report: PS4 to stream games with Gaikai
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

February 18th 2013 at 7:40AM

Backwards compatibility will come through streaming tech

Reports claim that Sony plans to provide access to PlayStation 3 games using the Gaikai streaming service.

This lines up with earlier speculation that the $380 million acquisition of the streaming company by Sony was intended to provide backwards compatibility.

Sources "familiar" wiht the matter told the Wall Street Journal that "the new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet."

"The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console; the new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs."

There have been rumors aplenty in the run-up to Wednesday's expected console reveal, including leaked photos of what is purportedly an early prototype of the PS4 controller.

The WSJ said the new console boasts "other enhancements," but did not go into any detail about what those might be.