As you may remember, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen recently stated the publisher “believes” neither the next generation Sony or Microsoft console will offer backwards compatibility. This news was upsetting to many owners of either a PS3 or an Xbox 360, although the next PlayStation may present users with an alternative.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal report
, Sony and the folks over at Gaikai (which Sony purchased last year
) are currently developing a brand new cloud-based service for the next PlayStation console, which will stream PS3 games via the Internet.
While this report hasn’t been confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment, WSJ’s sources say the company is "investing heavily" into the development of this service.
Can’t say I find this report too surprising, since I don’t believe Sony would have spent $380 million if it didn’t plan to take full advantage of Gaikai’s technology. Not too mention streaming previous generation titles over the Internet would be a good alternative to building backwards compatibility into the console’s hardware, although it would suck for those without a reliable Internet connection.
Again, it should be said there’s no clear evidence that these reports are true (although there’s a strong chance they are), so this could be nothing more than speculation but we won’t likely be waiting much longer for the answers.