It has long been suggested that one of the things that could make the Sony PlayStation 4 a biblical success story is if the company was to significantly up the ante in terms of new-generation use of cloud gaming. Well, it now appears that Sony’s takeover of Gaikai may indeed be destined to bear fruit with the launch of the PlayStation 4, which could be destined to become the first console of its kind to offer live steaming games.
According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, unnamed sources have confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will allow games to play high-end games over their internet connection in real-time. Sony has scheduled a high-profile event for this coming Wednesday in Manhattan, which although has not yet been confirmed in terms of purpose is widely expected to herald the announcement of the PlayStation 4 and its ultimate release dates.
The report published by the WSJ states that the streaming games will most likely be those available for the PlayStation 3. There has been some chatter of the PlayStation 4’s makeup posing a series of issues in terms of offering seamless backward-compatibility with previous titles, thereby meaning that a system whereby games were streamed would alleviate the problem entirely.
It wasn’t however made clear whether PlayStation 4 games would be available by way of streaming, or simply by the usual optical discs.
If true, the move could be enormously significant in terms of future development as a streaming game library would open the doors for independent app creation and release, the likes of which is currently confined to mobile consumer technology. Industry experts have repeatedly suggested that the mobile technology market-place is effectively destroying console gaming by leaving no room for app developers to invest their efforts – streaming games could in theory therefore offer the best of all worlds.