Report: Backwards Compatibility Returns To PlayStation Via Gaikai
Remember this thing? The "fatty" PlayStation 3? The original 60GB model may have cost $600 at launch, but it played all PS1 titles and most PS2 games.
After that, each successive model cut back on the backwards compatibility (for instance, switching to software emulation, which meant only certain PS2 games would work) and now, the current PS3 doesn't support the PS2 format at all. So how would you like to get full B/C back?
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony will announce a cloud gaming deal with Gaikai that will allow current-generation hardware (i.e., the PS3) to play PS2 and PS1 software via a streaming solution. Both first-party and third-party games can then be available. And now it appears that we'll get this announcement during Sony's press conference on Monday at E3, which would be fantastic news for PlayStation fans.
We're not sure yet what other Sony devices will get a Gaikai-supported game streaming service, but it could very well include HDTVs and tablets. We're just wondering what people think of backwards compatibility these days; it's important to many in new machines, but for a system like the PS3 that is aging...? Well, at the very least, it means you don't need extra PlayStation systems hooked up to your entertainment center all the time.
6/1/2012 9:28:30 PM Ben Dutka