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Old 13-04-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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PS4 "Backwards compatibility" aka Gaikai

So during what little I read/watched of the news pre-release, it was already confirmed that neither of PS4/XB1 would read older discs. However, Gaikai service was supposed to be the "solution" for PS4, so I have a couple questions.

1) Does anyone actually have a PS4?,
2) Does this work?,
3) How does it work, and is it limited selection or more-or-less all previous PS console games?

One of the major pulling points for me was the hope of being able to play my old PS-only games again (and since PS1 and PS2 are no longer made, and PS3 doesn't support PS2 discs...)
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Re: PS4 "Backwards compatibility" aka Gaikai

Backwards compatability via "PlayStation Now" (that's its new name btw) is in beta testing stateside right now and due for rollout starting in August IIRC.

It's never been that the PSŁ can't read the disks, afterall a BDROM drive understands DVDs and CDs just fine, it's only ever been the lack of an emulator. This is what PSNow will do.
I can't remember off the top of my head whether you will need the disk in the drive or not and how big the library will be.
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Re: PS4 "Backwards compatibility" aka Gaikai

Interesting, thanks for info. I guess I carry on waiting and keep an eye on things Needing discs would be a bit of a sucker though as quite a few of the games I want to re-play are ones that are too damaged or lost, and no way to get them back aside from scouring ebay or something.
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The PS3 can play PS2 games via download from PSN pretty solidly. The library there is pretty bloody big, it even has Max Payne in it
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Re: PS4 "Backwards compatibility" aka Gaikai

The original 60Gb PS3s are still available if you look around. I got a second hand one from Game a while ago. It plays all the PS2 games I can throw at it. Ratchet & Clank FTW!!
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Aye, Mrs Woot has one I bought from work 5 years ago. Still works like a charm.

come to think of it, one got sold in on Monday that had hardly ever been taken out of its box
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