Backwards compatibility may not matter very much to most consumers, but to
people like me who have extensive libraries and only so much physical space in
our media centers, support for older software is of great importance. With
PlayStation 4, Sony will be using the cloud service Gaikai sometime in 2014 to
provide backwards compatibility. According to Eurogamer, sources expect Sony
to kick off the service in Q3 2014 in North America and 2015 in Europe.
"We're on track to have a commercial service up and running in the US first
within 2014," SCEI president Andrew House told the outlet. "But what's
important is to understand the full scope of what we're trying to achieve and
why we felt the Gaikai acquisition was important. Our goal is to be able to
have a new form of game distribution streamed from the server side, initially
to PS4 consoles then gradually moving that out to Vita. But eventually, the
endgame is to have this available on a multitude of network-connected devices,
essentially delivering a console-quality gaming experience on devices which
are not innately capable of doing that."
House wouldn't divulge anything specific about Gaikai's European launch, but