Gaikai Will Bring "Critically Acclaimed" PS3 Games To PS4 In 2014, Vita Afterwards

By Spencer . December 3, 2013 . 12:29am

gaikai While PlayStation 4 isn’t backwards compatible, Sony Computer Entertainment will bring some PS3 games to their new console through cloud streaming provider Gaikai. Sony announced that PlayStation cloud gaming services will be available in the U.S. in 2014.


Users will be able to play a catalog of "critically acclaimed" PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. PlayStation Vita support for cloud streaming will be finalized after the home consoles.


What PlayStation 3 games would you like to see on Gaikai?

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  • Max

    The question is, are we going to buy our PS3 games again?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      PS Plus is useless if so

      • miyamoto

        PS+ and Gaikai will be integrated into one service.

    • Byron Kerrison II

      We better not have to. =

      I’m kind of more worried about the selection though.

      • Shippoyasha

        Didn’t they promise to unleash entire libraries? Because if they don’t, then it just sounds like another extravagant E3 promise unfulfilled.

        If it’s a slow trickle of select releases, I may not even bother.

    • malek86

      Probably not digital, which means PS+ titles should be safe.

      Retail? Unlikely that we’ll keep them, just like how we didn’t keep PS2 Classics. Unless Sony makes it so that, as long as your disc is in the tray, you can play the game via streaming. That could be a solution, but I don’t know how feasible/practical it is.

    • LM009

      nice to have streaming but i really don’t think gaikai is a big deal except for people who didn’t buy the ps3(something i find kind of odd if you’re willing to splurge on ps4 but don’t have a ps3 which is pretty cheap nowadays)

      • Yeah. I wouldn’t waste bandwidth on streaming when I have my PS3 right there and ready to play. All we need is a update to use the DS4 with the PS3 wireless and to fix the games that don’t support it. Couple that with the PS Vita tv and I would have all the Playstation entertainment on my TV. Now if my launch PS3 wasn’t broken I could had enjoyed the whole PS2 library as well. :(

    • HassanJamal

      This is just a theory but the PS4 can still detect PS3 discs SO maybe by using physical PS3 discs as Gaikai passes, we can then access the titles we want to play on the PS4. Its just theory that maybe plausible.

      • Spicydicey

        That would be awesome but maybe giving Sony too much credit.

      • It works this way with the PS3 to PS4 promotion so maybe you’re right.

      • sonicheroes7

        I really hope they do this since I have tons of friends who are skipping PS3 and I really want them to play KH HD 1.5 and 2.5

      • Zac

        we can hope so.. Microsoft on the other hand would make you pay for new product. Same with the Big N, so lets hope sony can keep charming us all.

    • bigshynepo

      Yeah, I have 56 on-disc playstation 3 games that I would love to stream from a cloud to my PS4 and VIta…but only if I don’t have to pay much to do it.

    • ishyg

      I just want P5, so the question I have is that will they be able to add recent releases?

  • Chris Yuen

    Valkyria Chronicles/Persona 5. Hope they make it so that if you got a game disc of the original PS3 disc either via a retail or digital title, you get the Gaikai version for free.

    • Ah~ optimism. Can’t say I’m as hopeful about it myself though. -.-

    • Samsara09

      SOny will try to cheat us.this gaikai is a good chance to steal some money…I wonder how much they will.

    • Steven Higgins

      Doubt it. “Critically acclaimed” is a very narrow category, Some amazing games can just fly right under the radar

  • Combo

    Not interested. Unless Sony has a sorcerer on staff that knows how to completely eliminate video compression and latency, I will continue to play my PS3 games on a PS3.

  • malek86

    Rather than the library, I’m more worried about the latency and speed. Broadband often isn’t nearly as fast as a direct connection (especially in Europe, but in the USA the situation is not that good either). If I played a game via Remote Play but connecting through a server rather than just the console, I can’t imagine the quality and latency would be nearly as good for anything but slow-paced games.

    Then again, I tried the Rayman Origins demo on Gaikai before, and it wasn’t half-bad. Still not something I’d consider a substitute to the actual console though, especially with the compressed image quality… it’s one step below emulation, even.

    • drproton

      Interesting demonstration pre- Sony buyout:

      It shows that game streaming can be not worse than a high input lag game. However most PS3 games were sub-30fps, so that’s an immediate additional 16ms of input latency compared to the PC version of Bulletstorm presumably running at 60fps on the server.

      A lot of the more impressive PS3 games already have quite a lot of input latency because of longer graphics/audio pipelines using the SPEs. Unless they’re porting PS3 games behind the scenes to the Gaikai platform, there isn’t much they can do.

      • malek86

        We would need to see what kind of connection they were running on. That and the quality of the video. If it’s macro-blocked, that really sucks imho.

  • HansKaosu

    Meh.. I will play PS3 games on PS3. I don’t believe in game streaming

    • GOLD

      Well it exist

    • Yeah. I think this is a solution for people who don’t have a PS3. No point on wasting internet on something you can do locally.

  • tubers

    “Users will be able to play a catalog of “critically acclaimed” PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.”

    Why would you Cloud game on your PS3? Is this gonna be a rental service or something?

    • Matt Dickinson

      It’s expected to offer game trials as well. The difference is that you do not wait to download a full game or large chunk for the demo.

      A rental service might be a good idea too.

  • LustEnvy

    What I’d like to know is if it’s gonna cap games at 30fps like Remoteplay does when streaming PS4 games to the Vita. If so, this is gonna be bad for games like CoD and certain sports/racing games that run at 60fps.

  • Pockystix

    I hope that means they will put games like Valkyria Chronicles and Demon’s Souls on there.

    s’what I think of when they say “critically acclaimed”

  • staplecoffee

    I feel this is kind of pointless for the PS4. The Vita, I can understand since it’s trying to get larger userbase. But in all seriousness, you can’t expect the service to sell much since it’ll only cater consumers with awesome internet. Even consumers in developed countries still have problems with online streaming. As a PS3 user, I find this (might be) very impractical, but it might sell to the gamers who never own a PS3 and wish to play the games on the newer consoles.

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    You know that old offering for the PSP where you could register your UMDs to digital mode for a fee? Yea… I’d like that <3

    • PreyMantis

      Yeah… I wouldn’t. Why not have that for free, instead?

      • Romancer Ecclesia

        Because SCE isn’t nice enough to give us free backwards compatibility. =/

  • Ben Green

    Persona 5.

  • Samsara09

    And I imagine that sony will be the one that determines which game is “critically acclaimed” and which isn’t.I suppose this will happen with the PS2 part.Too bad sony,but your service should listen more to the fans-users and let them choose freely what to play.i am gonna play my ps3 games on the Ps3…

  • Jeff Masser

    The last of us…. on my Vita.

  • J A H

    GTA V and Batman: Arkham Origins. I bought both digitally with the hope that I would be able to continue playing them on PS4 some day, but if not, no biggie, as I don’t plan on getting rid of my PS3 any time soon.

  • Brandonmkii

    I’m not letting go of my ps3, but this is good for people who want to go digital, or who haven’t played all the ps3 games they want to yet. I can maybe see them doing something similar to the UMD program when the PSP Go launched in Japan.

  • Billy Kostyra

    i can’t wait to play persona 5 on my PS4

    • Kamille

      we can only hope.

  • Matt Dickinson

    I hope a lot of PS1 and PS2 purchases carry over or are made available. For PS3 games… Dead Nation, Demon’s Souls, Vaklyria Chronicles, Vanquish, Mirror’s Edge, 3D Dot Game Heroes… there’s a lot of classics. The PS Blog ought to hold a voting every month or so for which game to add next.

  • Aristides

    So we’re gonna be able to play P5 on PS4 & Vita? XP

  • Godmars

    The question will be whether it’ll be a subscription which lets you play everything, work as an arcade letting you “rent” titles, or something that lets you play PS3 games you already own for either nothing or a small fee.

  • JimmyNice

    I think what you’re going to see, is a game streaming service like netflix. Which is exactly what it was before Sony bought them.

    Pay a flat rate per month and have access to a massive library… 1st select PS3, then Vita, then more of both. Technically there is no reason why it couldn’t eventually be every game ever made on a sony system.

    As far as a recognize your previous purchased game or having a one off charge for a game… they have NEVER said Gaikai would be included in anything. Just that they would be bringing the service to PS4, PS Vita and eventually other Sony and Non-Sony Devices. So you won’t be putting a PS3 disk in the Vita to confirm you own it… previous ownership will have nothing to do with it.

    You’ll likely pay $10-$15 a month… hell if the library was big enough and you’d have access to it all, wouldn’t that be a pretty good deal? Not to mention a viable, renewable revenue stream for Sony… so imagine they can make it work with any smart phone or tablet… so anyone can subscribe to the service… and they add other Sony content like tv shows and movies. You can see why Sony spent 380 million to acquire them.

    They didn’t sink the money if if they didn’t feel it would be a huge return.

    Just my penny times 2.

    • You’re probably totally right, and it makes sense, but I just don’t really want it. I already have the majority of PS3 games I’ll ever want to play, either on disk or on PSN, and I don’t like paying monthly fees.

      • I’d really prefer if I could just play my PSN hoard on PS4.

  • Juan Manuel M. Su├írez

    Considering one’d be streaming, does that mean trophies wouldn’t be available~?

  • I would like to see the games I already own on the PSN all be playable, including PS2 and PSOne classics. Until I can replace my PS3 with a PS4, I have no interest in a PS4. I have too much PS3 stuff I’ve yet to play.

    • Why not have both?

      • Nothing on the PS4 interests me. I don’t like western console games much, nor the American/European Sony franchises really. I need another console sitting there like I need a second living room. I’m sure I’ll change my tune if good Japanese games, particularly RPGs, get release in the US on PS4.

        • Well assuming it’s not just talk, there’s supposed to be a raft of Japanese-audience-targeted games available for when the PS4 launches in Japan

          • Yeah, I’m looking forward to hearing about it. I feel pessimistic, like they’ll either be like Knack, or they’ll never leave Asia. I’m sure it’ll happen eventually, though. The PS3 has a ton of stuff I’m interested in now, but it took years.

  • Guest

    Could I stream a game to PS4, then stream that to Vita?

    It would be awesome to play something like Dark/Demon’s Souls on my Vita.

  • MogCakes

    You’re going to need a hell of a connection for this. Nice that it’s there though, I hope Gaikai proves to be a more useful asset beyond PS3 streaming in the future.

  • all naruto piece,ffxiii,all ateliers,p5,all tales games

  • Learii

    so we can ps3 games on ps4 with this? (all ps3 games or just some?)

    • Kamille

      who knows? But I bet we’ll be forced to pay for the games again because Gaikai is not really Backward Compatibility to let us play our old games but a new way for Sony to milk us.

      • Doubt we’ll pay for the games individually. Probably the service itself (either included with Plus or a small add-on fee?)

        • I’m expecting Gaikai to be a service entirely separate from whatever your current game library is. It will launch with some number of titles by default (ex: 10) with “more added all the time” and you will pay a monthly fee to use it to stream whatever game you want to whatever devices will support it. Say $15 if you don’t have PlayStation Plus, $7 if you do.

          This is not the model I’d prefer (I’d like to get some credit for my existing game library and purchase the rights to individual titles to complete my collection), but it’s probably what they’d offer

  • Is there even much of a point of streaming PS3 games to a PS3? To put that as a priority over Vita…I just can’t understand Sony’s decisions (on the Vita front) at all.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I still don’t get what cloud streaming is

    • Suzaku

      It’s basically remote play… Instead of a game running on your hardware, it’s being run remotely on a huge server bank somewhere else in the world, with the video streamed to your machine in real time.

      The Playstation 4 doesn’t include any of the hardware needed to run PS3 games, so they’re using Gaikai as a type of backwards compatibility.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        So that means i’d have to be on the internet for it to work?

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    J Stars Victory Vs

  • dapaintrain

    I wouldn’t mind paying an access fee to unlimited ps3/ps2/ps1 games for my vita / ps4.
    But there should also be an option to buy games.
    And possibly download them permanently e.g. streaming GTA V to Australia would be a nightmare.

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    Gaikai should be included with PS+ if so it would make it that much more worth it. This may be why they are only going to put “critically acclaimed” titles there and not all of them but we’ll see. Sony has made some good decisions to start off this generation and it’s paying off, hopefully they don’t fumble this one

  • Wanderlei

    Gaikai, payed retro-compatibility with LAG in single player games.

  • RablaAndrews

    By the Vita comment, does that mean streaming PS3 games to Vita, or Vita games to PS4?

    I’d love full PS3 game support on the Vita.

    • “Critically acclaimed” PS3 games streaming via Gaikai are coming to PS4 & PS3. Afterwards, PS3 games streaming via Gaikai are coming to Vita.

  • Ryan

    ironically, Microsoft could have added backwards compatibility much more easily in going from the 360 to the One than Sony going from PS3 to 4. Had they done this one thing, they would have had a HUGE upperhand over Sony in next gen systems. But MS can’t seem to help itself in screwing themselves these days. They can’t make a good decision to save their lives anymore.

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