PlayStation 4 Will Stream the Entire Sony Backlog: PS1, PS2 and PS3 Games

Sony Gaikai (PlayStation Cloud)

Yesterday, Sony announced the PlayStation 4. Although I won’t be focusing on the console’s technical specifications or upcoming titles, there have been some news regarding backwards compatibility and services that will allow users to play classic titles, so for now, let’s focus on that.

First of all, the PS4 isn’t backwards compatible with older PlayStation titles, according to what was said at the company’s presentation. Instead, the upcoming console will make use of the “PlayStation Cloud” service which will allow users to stream the entire Sony catalog from the original PlayStation to the PS3. This will be possible thanks to a technology developed by Gaikai, a cloud-based service that Sony Computer Entertainment acquired on July 2nd, 2012.

Although Gaikai easily solves the problem of the lack of backwards compatibility, what remains to be seen is if players who already own games will have access to them on this new service. I have dozens of classic titles on my PSN account (which were certainly not that cheap) and I wouldn’t want to buy them all over again to play them on a new service which I’ve never used before. And taking into account I was having some issues with my internet connection while I was watching the live event yesterday, maybe a cloud-based service isn’t the best solution.

  • fosforic

    So, I’m not sure if i get this. Basically this gives you the option to ” rebuy ” your games as it were? As in having access to all released playstation titles? Or does this only apply to games that are linked to your PSN account. I guess if you still have the game discs, this system helps you no further in playing them again.

    • eric_s07

      Hi Fosforic! According to what I’ve read, the PlayStation 4 will not be compatible with old games. This means that you won’t be able to play PS1, PS2, PS3 discs and also all those games you’ve bought on PSN. So not only does that include discs, but also current-generation downloadable titles, such as Journey or The Unfinished Swan, to name but a few.

      My guess is that users will have to buy everything again, even all the games they own on the PlayStation Network. This was confirmed on an Engadget article. Here’s the link in case you want to check it out:

      If I missed something or if I didn’t answer all of your questions please let me know. As usual, thanks for the comment.