It’s all but certain the next PlayStation will be unveiled by Sony on Tuesday. We’ve seen teasers, controller prototypes, and spent some time guessing what the console’s logo will look like, but nothing in the way of actual news will arrive until the 20th, when Sony makes their big reveal(s?) at an event in NYC (at 6pm EST). That isn’t stopping the Internet from spreading rumors like wildfire, and the most recent of these is a report from the Wall Street Journal that says the next PlayStation will stream PS3 games. More after the jump.
Last year Sony purchased cloud gaming company Gaikai for a substantial amount of money — $380MM — but the reasons for that purchase haven’t been made entirely clear yet. That’s led many to speculate that the PS4, Orbis, or whatever Sony ends up calling it, will include some sort of game streaming feature. A report from the Wall Street Journal citing “people familiar with [Sony's] plans” corroborates this theory, saying “The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet, these people said. The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console; the new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs.”
This would be interesting, though I can’t say I’m particularly fond of the idea of replacing my library of PS3 games, even if it’s a relatively small number when compared to my Xbox 360 library. Is this a feature you would be interested in?