We have some good news/bad news for those who choose Sony over Microsoft when it comes to game consoles. Remember how Sony made it clear when the PlayStation 4 was first reveled that the new console will not be backwards compatible? I know. It sucks not be able to play PS3 game discs on the new console and play those titles. Well, PS4 owners will in fact still be able to play PS3 games thanks to Sony’s Gaikai streaming service.
The service will allow gamers to stream PS3 titles from the cloud. Sony’s recent announcement about PS4 global sales has also revealed that the GaiKai PS4 streaming service will work with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. So how does it work?
Well, gamers will have to pay a subscription fee to get access to “a catalogue of critically acclaimed PS3 games on PlayStation 4 and PS3, followed by PlayStation Vita.” The service would let you play these titles by streaming them from a remote service, so that gamers won’t have to locally install the games. So even though PS3 discs are not compatible with PS Vita and PS4, gamers will still be able to play those titles after paying a monthly subscription fee. Yeah, it stinks to have to pay yet another fee, but what can you do? Keep your PS3 plugged in, I guess. We don’t know yet when we can expect the service to go live, but Gaikai will be available in the U.S. next year, while gamers in the UK might have to wait until 2015. Sorry. It’s great that we can play those games, but bad that we are charged for the privilege. Then there is the wait. Anyone else sad about this?