PlayStation 4 may stream games over the Internet, report claims

By Rick
Feb 18, 2013
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  1. With the Wii U already on shelves and Microsoft's next-gen console imminent, Sony will be looking to set its PlayStation 4 apart from the competition. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, one such feature may be the...

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  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 676   +41

    Awesome if I don't have to:
    1) Buy games I already own
    2) Be a PlayStation plus member to use
  3. The reverse engineering will never goes out of fashion

    unable to boot from USB?

    lets see what can we do...
    (preinstalled with OS games are coming in 1, 2, 3, ...)
  4. Meldarion1

    Meldarion1 Newcomer, in training

    Well what would you expect do think they were going to spend money on something just to allow you to stream games for free. If they require a PS+ subscription to stream games that would be great considering the advantages PS+ offers. And it obvious it will need sometime of subscription to stream games looks at netflix and other movie streaming sites and similar services like onlinve they require a subscription fee so GaiKai won't be an exception and it is a justifiable subscription if you think you need to stream games.

    I would only be disappointed if they would make subscription obligatory for everyone if people who are interested in playng PS4 games online only
  5. Data Cap.
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  6. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Another reason I game on PC online, no subscriptions, no hassle just hit the icon and play. The Ps is only good for media such as blu ray. Games, meh.
  7. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    Aren't there still games that require subscriptions to play online on pc?

    More people use wii's for media than ps3 anyway. Media may be what you would want to use it for but there are more games being purchased for consoles than pc. Probably always has been.
  8. The PS4 MAY have legs too, well so I hear
  9. DKRON

    DKRON TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 552   +9

    What if you only have like 20GB downloads, like use it up streaming a game in 10 mintutes
  10. dennis777

    dennis777 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 274   +29

    I hope this is not the main feature of PS4...
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,145   +172

    Interesting that they are looking at it... would be much better received if you could cache the stream as well...
     
  12. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign Newcomer, in training Posts: 76   +26

    It wont work. Period. I dont care what Gaikai 'claims' they can do. The average household internet is NOT fast enough to stream an entire game.

    Download and Cache a game to play later. Definitely possible .. if you want to wait an entire day to download it.
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  13. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    I wish they would make it backwards compatible, If anything happens to my PS3 and they've stopped manufacturing it, in order to play any of the many PS3 games I have and cherish I'm guessing I'd have to re-buy them on PSN to play them on the PS4. I'm already afraid my PS2 is going to die. They should at least give you a code or something with your games so you can get a digital copy, make it unique to the disc, one time only use. At least with Streaming I hope they let you stream titles you own for free, not sure ill be able to benefit from that though with my Internet connection :(
  14. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its all about business ppl. No matter what you as the consumer may demand, they will do what is best for their profit margin. PERIOD! The PS4 will probably allow for PS3 games to be played. The PS2 games will more then likely have to be purchased as a digital copy that would be stored on your system. Streaming ANYTHING is going to cost somewhere. Media is its own issue, games prolly wont stream well due to the random nature of player decisions in game. Besides all that, I expect to be able to pick up a PS3 as I dodged it when it came out due to its high price point.
  15. rgreen

    rgreen Newcomer, in training

    Streaming games has been "working" for a couple years now. The average household internet is plenty fast enough as long as the connection is stable.
  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,145   +172

    What sort of games are you referring to though?
  17. Services such as onlive and gaikai have been around for a while. Basically, they work by having the software run on servers in a datacenter somewhere instead of locally on your console/PC/other terminal.

    Then the image from the game is streamed from the datacenter to the client application on your PC (or other platform). So what your computer is doing is just taking your input data (mouse, keyboard, controller), sending it to the server and then receiving the output (image and sound from the game) back. The only thing you need to play is a subscription (most often, some services have differentiated pricing with a free selection, subscribers selection and then charge extra for AAA titles) and a platform capable of running the client program as well as a stable internet connection.

    The good thing is that as long as your internet connection is stable enough, you can play modern games at high settings on "crappy" computers since the server in the service's datacenter is doing all the heavy lifting. The bad thing is you can't play without an internet connection, you have no access to the game files for copying saves or modding the game (where such is possible) and you are completely dependent on the functionality of the service to play your games.

    In my opinion, the more ways are available to play games, the better. Some people (myself included) like building computer powerhouses to play games on a regular basis, some people just play games casually on facebook, some people want to play console games because of the simplicity (no installation, just turn on the tv and play) and some people want a mix of everything in between. Streaming games is a very good thing for people who don't want to invest a crapload of money in computers or consoles but still want to play some AAA titles now and then.
  18. rgreen

    rgreen Newcomer, in training

    Gaikai had a bunch of different demos for popular PC games, even a couple MMORPGs. You could check out OnLive and demo most games they offer for free.


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