Gaikai and Sony Team Up for Backwards Compatibility
A post on GamesIndustry this morning reports that the partnership between Sony and a game-streaming service rumored last week is real, and that the alliance between the game manufacturer and Gaikai will bring backwards compatibility back to the PlayStation 3—and possibly even the handheld Vita console. As you may know, the original version of the PS3 could play PS2 games, but that feature was taken out when the PS3 Slim model was created.
The post says that Sony’s first-party PS1 and PS2 games will be available to players via the cloud-streaming service, and that third-party publishers will have the opportunity to sell their games via the service as well.
The official announcement of Gaikai’s deal will be made at Sony’s E3 conference on Monday, at which point more details should emerge, such as pricing, availability, devices, etcetera.
The post doesn’t mention anything about costs, but it seems almost certain that there’d be some kind of regular subscription fee to take advantage of a service like this. How much would you be willing to pay each month to stream PlayStation classics to your console? I’m thinking…mmmm…ten bucks? MAYBE fifteen?