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.

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8 Comments on Report: PlayStation 4 Has Backwards Compatibility For PS3 Games


On February 17, 2013 at 2:32 am

… the PS3 didn’t ring a bell in my case (sure, there was some great games, but the Eco-system made me run away; as the abandon of PS2 backward compatibility, the Linux fiasco, etc…), and i see that PS4 will be worse…
i have a Wii, and don’t really want the Wii U (but the next Fire Emblem will surely change that)
i have an XBOX 360, and for the moment, even kinect is not my thing; so a 720 which use intensively this sort of manipulation, hmmm…. well, we’ll see.

The next gen console seem really alien for me.


On February 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

I could see myself getting a PS4 if it has backwards compatibility. I skipped the PS3 because I could count on one hand the number of exclusives that have interested me Given the small number of games I would want, it just didnt justify the outrageous price tag of the console.

Tiagonal, chamán de la lluvia

On February 17, 2013 at 6:06 am

So, you wanna how I ‘invoke the cloud’? Here a glimpse of future’s past:

I doubt GaiKai was able to reduce bandwidth requirement of 10Mb. But if it did, and if it is that ‘globalized’ as shown in their website, it’s not gonna be a digital-storm but a hurricane.
The era of no-console required is already here.


On February 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

It’s kind of ironic how they use a newer tech, cloud streaming, to enable backwards comadiblity whilst their new games still come on physical discs. This is knowing that the end user will most likely have to install the game anyways. On that note, the downsides to streaming are various. For example, what happens after they move unto the next console and stop support for the PS4? There goes your backwards compatibly as sony will surly shut those servers off. Not to mention the internet speed required and the additional input lag that you would get. All in all, this just looks like a bad idea.


On February 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

That’s not “backwards compatibility”, i mean the console can’t play PS3 they are “stream” from some server who does most work.
And above all, why haven’t they done it already for the PS3, so it has “backwards compatibility” again with PS2 games.
One more thing, who says this is going to be “free”….


On February 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

What good makes backwards compatibilty if we can’t transfer our saves and all the advance and time put in those games?


On February 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Not only is it streaming but they will also probably be charging for them even if you already own the game.


On February 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm

(rolls eyes) Ugh, lets see here:

Streaming to provide backwards compatibility: I live in New Zealand, which means the internet is less than stellar. ~2Mbps download, and depending where the servers are located, ~80ms ping (if in NZ) and ~300ms ping if not. This means that streaming is not a viable option for me, ergo backwards compatibility won’t be available in any satisfying way.

Still, what will REALLY keep me away is the probable launch price, and going on the fact that gaming electronics are egregiously overpriced over here, and the fact that sony will have to sell the system at a profit in order to avoid bankruptcy, I’ll probably have to pay around NZ$1400 (~US$1200) for the privilege of owning a PS4