PS3 Gets Backwards Compatibility With Sony/Gaikai Deal


It’s all but confirmed that Sony will be acquiring online gaming service Gaikai, a deal that’s to be unveiled at the firm’s press conference on Monday. What we didn’t know are details of said deal, and what, if anything, it’ll add to the PlayStation brand, until now…

We now know it’ll bring backwards compatibility to all PS consoles: PSone, PS2 and PS3 games.

That’s according to a report on Games Industry, claiming the new Gaikai service will offer first-party games and also allow third-party publishers to stream back catalogues.

As for Gaikai, the company already has partnerships with major publishers, including Capcom, EA, Ubsioft and more. All titles thus far have been for PC.

Yesterday, Gaikai enthusiastically invited journalist to come here what it has to say at E3.

“Gaikai has some major announcements in store for E3 that have the potential to change the future of video games, game consoles and how we play,” said the invite.

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7 Comments on "PS3 Gets Backwards Compatibility With Sony/Gaikai Deal"

  1. whyandwhatfor June 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm -

    I’m not so sure how I feel about this. I bought a PS3 for new games with really no desire to play PS1-2 games. I suppose if there are some really good games that I missed it’d be nice to look into them, but I’d be much more excited if they brought games to the PS3 on the days they were released in retail. Especially if I didn’t have to download it…just load up the app and go!

  2. nick June 2, 2012 at 10:28 am -

    i seriously doubt this,
    it would be freaking awesome!
    but why would $ony bring this?
    its just stopping people from buying them off the PSN and HD collections.
    yea this will be paid too, but it just seems a bit of a waste spending all that time and money setting up the PSN model to than replace it only a few months later with this.
    eh, whatever!
    as long as it has a much larger library than what PSN has im in!
    they need to get allot of their own titles on their, its embarrassing how few first party ps2 games are available!

  3. HazZ June 2, 2012 at 10:52 am -

    What would be good is if that service was integrated into PlayStation Store then PSN Store wouldn’t go to waste and we’d have a more rounded service.

  4. Dean Kent June 2, 2012 at 11:16 am -


    I cant believe how SMART this move this is. Not only can sony launch PS4 with its own lineup of Next Gen games. It can also Launch with a full lineup of FIRST party games and the pick of the bunch 3rd party games on it’s own playstation streaming Channel.

    Frikkin genius!!!!!!!!!

  5. nick June 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm -

    of course it will be part of the store.
    it will still be a waste though because if you can stream the games than why download them?
    yea some may prefer it but its kinda doubling the work for yourself.
    saying ill cook dinner tonight even though were eating out just to make sure i dont go rusty.
    waste of time, effort, and resources!

  6. Dean Kent June 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm -

    Im not sure that having the bulk of the playstation back catalogue accessible in the xmb. All ready to be bought again would Qualify as a waste of time.

    The underlying issue is this> the PS3 is a tricky bitch with low memory banks and complicated chip structure, every game that is ported or made has to be streamlined messed around with or built from the ground up with dev tools that will only work with the PS3.

    Also to incorporate the cell chip into the next gen to facilitate back wards compatbility would be a massive waste of time and would probably hold back the new streamlined power pc and dev friendly approach that sony are trying to take.

    So by bringing the Whole playstation catalogue under one banner using allready established tech and infrastucture it seems to be not only a solid buisness move but one that looks to take the fractured playstation brand and unify the Brand once more.


  7. nick June 3, 2012 at 11:14 am -

    thats exactly the point of streaming.
    the server does all the work!
    otherwise there would be absolutely no point in this deal!
    its so tricky to emulate the PS2, hell even 6K PCs have trouble doing it!
    which is why $ony is looking to a online service route, bunch of servers pooled together instead of a singular system.

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