Sony’s acquisition last year of cloud-gaming company Gaikai may be reflected in a big way in the upcoming PlayStation 4. The Wall Street Journal is citing inside sources in reporting that Sony’s new gaming console, expected to debut Wednesday at an event in Manhattan, will let people play games streamed in real time over the Internet. The report says the streams will involve games designed for the outgoing console, the PlayStation 3. That could be an effort to deal with backward compatibility: last month the Journal reported that for the PS4, Sony would “likely” go with chips from Advanced Micro Devices, rather than the Sony-IBM-Toshiba-developed Cell chip that’s in the PS3 — a move that could cause compatibility issues with current games. The new report from the WSJ says the PS4 will be able to accommodate new games stored on optical discs. It’s not clear if new games would be streamed as well.
Report: PlayStation 4 to Stream Games Over Internet
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).