Sony might have just revealed that it offered 4.2 million PS4s before the end of 2013, yet that doesn’t suggest that there hasn’t been the strange issue that players have with the brand-new equipment appearing of Japan. While it’s clear that they have actually been purchasing new PS4s in their droves, gamers have also been vocal regarding the lack of help for PS3 computer games on the new console, with backward compatibility dropping by the wayside.
Sony’s older unit, the PS3 did launch with backward being compatible with PS2 games however that attribute was pulled complying with among lots of hardware corrections. With the PS4 simply not delivering with PS3 game support from the box, players have actually been entrusted the option of either keeping their aged equipment or just unloading the PS3 entirely.
That decision now looks like it is going to be a much easier one after Sony revealed that it has something up its sleeve for those that intend to play PS3 classics like The lord of War: Ascension or The Last of United states. That something is PlayStation Now.
Displayed at CES for the first time, PlayStation Now is Sony’s means of keeping PS3 games alive long after the equipment has actually been exterminated.
Instead than supplying equipment compatibility with older consoles, Sony suggests to allow computer games from the PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 eras to be streamed to a PS4 – – and later on other hardware like phones and the Vita – – utilizing the power of the Web.
Those with long memories will bear in mind that Sony acquired Gaikai computer game streaming solution for $ 380 million back in 2012, and it’s that purchase that has actually made PlayStation Now an opportunity. There’s no word on exactly when PlayStation Now will certainly launch to everyone, however a US-based beta will certainly introduce by the end of January and a complete roll-out will certainly happen this summer.
As far as money making is concerned, Sony plans to provide PlayStation Now as a subscription solution, though one-off leasings of games will also be possible. There’s been no word concerning just what will be done for those that already possess PS3 computer games on disc, or even those that own downloadable versions of those computer games. We believe they’ll be left in the cool though, sadly.