PS4 to stream PS3 games with Gaikai tech, says report


The Wall Street Journal‘s sources have indicated that the next PlayStation will be able to stream PS3 games using the Gaikai technology Sony acquired for $380 million.

It cited ‘people familiar with the company’s plans’ in its report. Sony bought Gaikai, led by industry veteran David Perry, last year but has since remained silent on how it plans to implement the streaming technology into its future devices.

The piece also mentions the likely implementation of more advanced motion controls with the next PlayStation, and the Vita-style touchpad on the front of the system’s new controller, which we revealed earlier this month. Streaming technology will become one of the most talked-about parts of the new PlayStation, adds the report, as cloud gaming “keeps costs low for customers and allows them to easily play intricate games on mobile devices.”

“Cloud gaming makes games much more convenient,” Nvidia chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang told the WSJ. “It’s instant-on and you can play it about anywhere on any device; it will make for a much larger gaming industry.”

The news follows the release of a new video documenting the history of PlayStation last night, and an increasing number of leaks surrounding the next PlayStation controller.