Sony’s rumoured cloud gaming deal with Gaikai would be to permit current-generation hardware to play PlayStation 2 and PSone games by way of a streaming solution, GamesIndustry International understands.
In accordance with sources, the service will give first-party games and be open to third-party publishers to sell back catalogue to players. The partnership is most likely to become announced at E3 next week as a part of Sony’s conference on Monday.
Gaikai already has an extensive portfolio of video game partners that have been on board with CEO David Perry’s vision considering that the service first went live, like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Capcom, but all titles so far have already been for the Computer format.
The appetite for PlayStation 2 games has been verified with collected HD releases of titles such as Silent Hill, God of War, Devil Might Cry and Ico and Shadow in the Colossus.
The streaming games organization has also signed up retailers like GAME and Very best Buy, services which include YouTube, Television manufacturer LG and social network Facebook, and is expected to announce additional partnerships subsequent week.
It’s not but clear which Sony devices beyond the PlayStation 3 would get a Gaikai-supported game streaming service, but it could extend to Sony branded TVs and tablets.
A backwards compatibility supplying at this stage inside the PS3′s lifecycle would also let Sony to test streaming games just before it goes totally next-gen with all the release on the PlayStation 4.
Sony’s history with backwards compatibility is patchy. The PlayStation three originally allowed gamers to play older PlayStation two and PSone games, but support for PS2 games was dropped as the PS3 went by way of numerous different iterations. PSone and PlayStation 2 games are at the moment offered for download on the PlayStation Retailer.
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