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February 19, 2013


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Sony and backwards capability

TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013

Sony Corp. 6758.TO -1.87% is planning to offer technology to stream games to its next videogame console, people familiar with the company's plans say, alongside other enhancements to bolster its position in the market.

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.

Sony's plans come after it acquired Gaikai Inc. last year for $380 million. Though many companies now offer simple games over the Internet, Gaikai was one of several companies that offered online access to visually intense games, which ordinarily require specialized circuitry found on high-end personal computers and gaming consoles.

The streaming technology is one of the new features and enhancements expected to be offered with the new console, which Sony plans to unveil at an event in New York. Sony's new PlayStation, for example, may control the action with higher fidelity cameras for its "Move" motion-sensing technology and touch-sensing pads on new controllers, according to people who have seen and been briefed on the devices.


Still, Sony is pushing ahead and has been investing heavily to prepare Gaikai's service, people familiar with the matter say. Microsoft also has experimented with its own version of cloud gaming, people at the company have said, but has in the past questioned the costs associated with building a service large enough to reach all its customers.

What This Means:

Due to how horribly fucked up the PS3 and CELL processor is, standard backwards compatability on the PS4 is difficult at best. Unfortunately, this compromise isn't a whole lot better. Basically, what happens is Sony streams the game to you (like Netflix), and you send controller input back. This has the following consequences:

-Forced repurchasing of your PS3 games.
-Internet required for backwards compatability.
-Broadband issues. See, one doesn't really "stream" a game; You play it on a remote server. This requires your internet connection to have to push a good deal of data upstream to the remote server where it is processed and sent back to you in a rendered stream of video. This'll eat up a ton of broadband. And God help you if you're Canadian . . .
-Severe input lag. Thisis going to be a nightmare for games requiring twitch-reflexes or precision.

And those aren't the only problems that will be caused by this compromise. What's especially distressing is that this wasn't reported by a gaming magazine, but the Wall Street Journal, meaning that it was likely leaked by Sony to influence investor perception, and has a 99% chance of being true.


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Z3ldaMahBoi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sony = Dead
ValentineUK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I was originally thinking of starting to put money away so I could buy this console on launch, but after everything i've read about it since it's unveiling i'm not so sure.
TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Anybody catch Deep Down at the conference? Looks pretty damned good.
0rg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
it was interesting, if fairly generic

the last bit of the trailer confused me, though
Requiemthefallen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, I've got this brilliant idea. You either don't get a PS3 but instead get a PS4, and as a result, when you get the streamed games, they're new not rebought. Or, you get the PS3, you play the PS3 games on the PS3, and you play the PS4 games on the PS4. I know this is a new concept but I have this sneaking suspicion it will catch on.
RestInMotion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
How does PS4 not having backwards capability mean you have to repurchase games?
Requiemthefallen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Because this is Sony and I doubt they'll let Western gamers just confirm their games for streaming to their console. Even if they don't, you'll probably lose all save files and God help you if you still are hoping for a decent MP experience on a streamed game.
RestInMotion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
But how does that require you to REpurchase games? Just play them on your Ps3.....
RuffPuff Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think a lot of people are planning on trading their PS3 towards the PS4.
ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Artist
Then clearly they're a bit too eager to join in. The rewards for being a first adopter rarely are that worthwhile.
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