Report: PlayStation 4 Has Backwards Compatibility For PS3 Games
A report on the Wall Street Journal suggests that the PlayStation 4 will come with backwards compatibility support for PlayStation 3 titles. The publication has learned that Sony will offer PS4 owners to stream those titles over the internet.
The news comes ahead of Sony’s big presentation on February 20, where they are expected to announce a next-generation platform, which is currently referred to as the PlayStation 4 and codenamed “Orbis”.
The WSJ report states that the new technology which is powered by Gaikai, a game streaming technology recently acquired by Sony, will be announced this coming Wednesday along the console. The streaming service is supposedly designed to offer current PS3 titles over the console. Additionally, the upcoming console will also contain a disc reader for new titles.
Sony acquired Gaikai late last year for a price of $380 million. Unlike other game streaming services, Gaikai has the technology to stream visually intense games over the internet.
The publication speculates that in addition to its streaming service, the new console will have higher fidelity cameras for its Move controller and touch-sensing pads on its replacement for the DualShock 3.
In many ways, the ability to support older titles gives Sony’s next-gen console an edge over its competitor at Microsoft, which has yet to reveal any plans for backwards compatibility in the next Xbox.