Sony And Gaikai To Start PS3 Streaming Library in 2014

Sad that you won’t be able to play PlayStation 3 games on your PlayStation 4? Dry those tears, emotionally compromised gamer, because technology is coming to the rescue.

According to an IGN report coming out of the Tokyo Game Show, Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that Sony will bring PS3 games to the PS4 via streaming, starting in 2014. The Sony Worldwide Studios President used Netflix as an example, saying the initial library would be small but strong, and it would expand quickly over time.

No specific date or titles were mentioned, but Yoshida confirmed that the PS3 library would be available to PS4, PS Vita, and Vita TV owners. It also sounds like North America is getting the streaming library first, with a European rollout to follow later in the year.

PC gaming allegiance or not, you have to applaud Sony for planning its future so well. With PlayStation 4 pre-order numbers still ahead of the Xbox One, the Vita looking stronger and stronger every day, and a new, inexpensive SKU in the Vita TV, confirmed PS3 library streaming is the cherry on top of all the compelling hardware.

Gaikai was acquired by Sony last year for close to $400 million.

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6 Comments on Sony And Gaikai To Start PS3 Streaming Library in 2014


On September 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Soo Sony will have the games play on their end & they will stream the data to us over the internet. I take it the idea of having your PS3 crossover cabled into your PS4 or even over wifi to stream the games locally was considered not to be a possibility? Moral of the story, you will be able to stream only the content Sony decides is popular enough to offer.

Also, say I own a game that they offer to stream yet I also own DLC for that game, any news if just the vanilla game or all the content you own will be streamable?


On September 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Alright let me say this. PS4 WONT play your PS3 disc games period. The PS3 games that you are streaming you have to pay for once again.

Why should I pay again for games I already own? Anyone who pays again for a PS3 stream version is a total idiot. The PS4 should be backwards compatible period. If you do some research and notice why the PS2 was the best selling console of all time was because it was Backwards compatible. No other console to this day has reach PS2 sales. That’s why I’m not buying neither the PS4 or the Xbox one. There’s no point to buy a console that has restrictions. I’ll stick to my P.C.

Devin Connors

On September 20, 2013 at 11:15 am


Did Sony confirm that this is going to be a standalone, paid experience? I doubt they will use that strategy.

My guess is that this streaming service will be rolled in with PlayStation Plus, the same service you’re going to need to play games online with the PS4.

-Devin Connors


On September 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

@ devin

Please watch and read carefully…


On September 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Devin Connors

On September 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm


I think you might be the one who’s confused here. We are talking about two different PlayStation services.

This article is about streaming PS3 games on your PS4. This costs nothing (if you have a PS Plus account, presumably), and the games do not live on your hard drive. You’re streaming them from a server that several thousand miles away. The only files that might live on your system are the save files, and I bet those are stored in the cloud, too.

The service that Kotaku post is talking about is different — converting PS3 games to PS4 SKUs for a nominal fee =/= Gaikai game streaming.

I think it’s *you* who needs to read a little more carefully next time. ^___^

-Devin Connors