Sony partnering with Gaikai for backwards compatibility on Playstation


Games Industry International reported today that Sony is working out a cloud gaming deal with Gaikai to bring backwards compatibility to the PS3. Better late than never. You took long enough. Please, don’t worry about us, it’s not like we’re waiting on you or anything.

According to the report, the deal with Gaikai will “allow current-generation hardware to play PlayStation 2 and PSone games via a streaming solution.” It’s unclear at this stage what the streaming will look like but this seems like a fair way for Sony to test out streaming options before they make the jump to the next console generation.

There also seems to be a distinction being drawn between the first and third party libraries, as, “the service will offer first-party games and be open to third-party publishers to sell back catalogue to players.” This is another missing piece of the puzzle as it remains to be seen which third party developers and publishers would take advantage of the service.

Hopefully all of them. Just saying. Let’s hope we get to see more concrete details about this deal at E3 next week.

Source: Games Industry


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