You’ll Be Able To Begin Streaming PS3 Titles On PlayStation 4 This July

By Ishaan . June 9, 2014 . 7:17pm

PlayStation 3 games will be available for streaming on PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Now service starting July 31st, Sony announced at E3 this evening.


PlayStation Now will go into open beta on July 31st and will be available first on PS4, and will follow onto PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. It will also be made  available on select Sony branded television sets.

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  • Samsara09

    I have a feeling that we not only need to pay,this is obvious,but we can only stream what they allow us to stream.Also,internet.Most people have lag issues,to say the lease.

    Man,what a hassle.Why not just go for the easy way and make backward compatibility possible ….Considering those remakes and the PlayStation now,we are being robbed.The Backwards compatibility would probably cost less.

    I don’t know about you guys,but I am not gonna use this playstation now.I am gonna keep my PS3.

    • DrakeClawfang

      Power to you for it. I still have my Playstation 2. Now one ever said owning a PS4 means you have to get rid of your PS3 and use this system, in fact I’ll wager a lot of people plan to do that. So what are you complaining about?

      • I also still have my PS2! Though I’ve finally repacked it away to let it rest. I’m not big on trading in consoles. I still play games on my PSP and DS lol.

    • I’m also keeping my PS3. When I feel the time is right I will also be buying a PS4. I’ll have and play on both.
      The only thing holding me back on getting a PS4 is the fact that there are still games that I want on the PS4. My preferred genre hasn’t really had anything on the PS4 yet but, as soon as it does I’ll be making space for the PS4.

    • darke

      Backwards compatibility across completely different architectures is in no way the ‘easy’ option. The ‘easy’ option would be Sony selling PS4+PS3 bundles, like they’re doing PS4+Vita bundles.

    • subsamuel01

      No one’s telling you to get rid of your PS3, I still have my PS3 and I got a PS4. I plan on using PS now to stream PS3 games to the Vita.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’ve heard from beta testers that PS Now lags like crazy, even with high internet speeds.

    Why can’t they just release a PS4 model with built-in backwards compatibility? Yeah it’d be more expensive, but I’d gladly pay extra to be able to play my PS3 games on it and retire the console so I can use the space on my media center.

    • Yan Zhao

      Exactly. The only reason I didnt upgrade to a PS4 yet is because most of my games are on PS3, and I have no space for another console in my room. The Wii U can play Wii games, why cant PS4?

      • Samsara09

        Sony wants to squeeze money out of us in all possible opportunities.And if they can’t,they simply create a situation,like this one here,in order to do it.Sony is well aware of what you say.

        • DrakeClawfang

          And doing, as you say, a 2-in-1 console that could play PS4 and PS3 games would surely in no way jack up the production cost of the console that would be passed along to us the consumer in the form of higher prices.

        • Fallen_Persona

          Stop being silly and look into computers even just a little, and you’d realize that while a solution isn’t impossible, it’d be a *massive* piece of hardware as the PS4 and PS3 structurally are about as different as you can get. Stop pulling random garbage out of nowhere.

          For instance, how are you going to get AMD hardware to emulate an NVidia GPU? Please look into your facts, and stop making it worse.

        • Guest

          If you understood computer architecture you would understand that the costs are not worth adding backwards compatibility. PS3 cell processor is what made the console so hard to develop for and why the PS3 initially cost so much. The PS4 and PS3 are to different, are you willing to pay $600 for a PS4 because that’s probably how much it would cost to add it. Sony was on the verge of bankruptcy, they don’t have the same amount of money that Nintendo or Microsoft have at their disposal.

      • Cazar

        Because the PS3’s CPU architecture is so radically unconventional. It’d literally have to be a 2 in 1 console for backwards compatibility to work.

        • Samsara09

          I wonder if that is really so troublesome.A big company like sony could find a way if they really wished.

          • Cazar

            Sure there’s a way and it’s just as I said, it’d literally have to be a 2 in 1 console. With the PS4’s limitations it’d be borderline impossible to effectively emulate the cell processor on its x86 processor. There would have to be PS3 hardware inside of the PS4 which would make it larger and more expensive.

            A separate 2 in 1 SKU would be a nice option for consumers but it’s extremely unlikely. No other game company has taken such an approach so it’s silly to only criticize Sony for it.

    • Göran Isacson

      Considering what everyone below says about how pants-on-head complex the PS3’s CPU architechture is, it kinda feels like if they were to try the backwards compatible PS4 model it would be MASSIVELY expensive and probably only made in small quantities to gauge interest. Hardly a profitable choice for them.

  • decus

    A list of titles would’ve been nice. Can’t exactly get excited for it, even if it somehow does run extremely well and without lag, without knowing what’ll be supported.

    As for backwards compatible PS4 talk, to me that’s an entirely different issue. The streaming service does almost nothing for me, personally, since I buy all of my games physically and don’t have good internet–I’m not exactly their target audience here. Rather, Sony wants to be able to sell their PS3 titles to people who switched over from xbox360 to PS4 or skipped straight from PS2 to PS4. So far they haven’t even been clear on whether your digitally purchased PS3 titles would be available for free streaming but I’m going to just go ahead and say the answer is “no”.

  • Keine

    As long as i get to play tekken on vita im fine with this

  • Hector Velar

    This is bad because even if it was not their intention to milk money out of their customers, that is what makes them look like they are doing. Back with the PS2 they set up the standard for backwards compatibility. By the time that the ps3 came out they still offered, a bit more limited but still was there. Now their customers have this high expectations, which they failed to meet,and what makes things worse is that as is now the PS3 still much alive and kicking, and I don’t know about you guys but my ps4 is collecting dust, my PS3 is smoking. If they would have had backwards compatibility from the start, can you imagine how many millions of sales more they would have had? no doubt and no question they would have won the console wars.

    Now being able to stream games it just does not fit in with what Sony PS customers have for expectations, they still should have it is not a bad idea BUT they need to release a new model which will be able to handle the coding or the hardware of PS3+PS2+PS1 it can be done, and they know this, and if they don’t 10-15 years from now you will see a system that can play them all, heck there is already a sustem that can play most popular 8bit and 16 bit can be done. The question is if they see that making a PS4 full compatibility will be profitable enough for them, I think they need to get more feedback from their fans about it. I will not mind spending an extra 150$(and buy it again!) on the system if it can offer such features.

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