PS4 backwards compatibility is one of the many PS4 system features that consumers are expecting to be available in a new generation gaming console. And gamers want to know if they can play PS3 games on PS4.
Although the PlayStation 4 will not natively support PlayStation 3 games like Xbox One Backward Compatibilty supports Xbox 360 games, Sony has made some smart choices and have found a workaround to provide gamers with a PS4 backwards compatible system.
Even though PS3 disc-based games and digital downloads aren’t compatible with the PlayStation 4, owners will have the opportunity to play their games via the cloud service through Gaikai technology and even at some point, the possibility of emulation.
[Last updated November 15, 2015]
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How will PS4 backwards compatibility work?
With no traditional way to play physical copies of PlayStation 3 games and digital games not being compatible, just how will PS4 backwards compatibility work? The answer lies with the Sony acquired Gaikai cloud services.
Sony has already launched a variety of PS3 games utilizing their cloud-based streaming technology called PlayStation Now. This gives PS4 owners the opportunity to play a selection of some of the best PS3 exclusive games through Sony’s streaming service.
Recent news about how PlayStation Now works suggest that it isn’t a complete answer to backwards compatibility with the PS4, but it’s a start. Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios president, has said that the selection of PS3 games will expand over time.
Sony’s PlayStation Now service has launched with a good number of games to make it worthwhile. The games are available to play through the PS4 console, the PlayStation Vita, and the PS Vita TV streaming device.
Since PS4 backwards compatibility won’t be available in the traditional sense, it might be wise to hold off on selling or trading in your PS3 anytime soon or in the near future. Although the streaming service is available, the selection of games is still limited.
There’s also a good chance that some of the games you’d like to play on your PlayStation 4 won’t be implemented into PlayStation Now’s streaming service for awhile. Also be aware that the service is completely reliant on users having a reliable internet connection for it to work. That means you should definitely be looking into getting a good wireless router for gaming online. This is something that should be taken into consideration if you plan do use PS Now.
Benefits of PS4 backwards compatible streaming through PS Now
Sony plans on using Gaikai’s technology in order to stream PS3 games to the PlayStation 4 and other devices. PlayStation Now is somewhat similar to how Netflix works.
One of the added benefits of the PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility going through PlayStation Now is that it will help to free up the 500 GB hard drive. Since the games will be streaming over the internet, this leaves PS4 owners with the opportunity to free up more storage for game installs, downloadable games, apps, movies, music, and television shows. Prolonging the moment where gamers will have to upgrade the PS4 hard drive for more storage.
With Gaikai technology adding the ability to provide gamers a way to have a PlayStation 4 backwards compatible system, a variety of other opportunities arise.
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Sony has mentioned that eventually, they would not only include the entire PS3 library through PlayStation Now, but the entire PlayStation library. This means PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 games. All available instantly through a service that will stream all the games you’re looking forward to.
The best thing about Sony’s new PlayStation Now service is it would allow you to access these games on a variety of approved devices like a PS Vita, tablet, etc. And options like these are always a great thing.
[Originally published September 30, 2013]