PS4 to support cloud gaming, live streaming

PS4 to include cloud and game live-streaming functionality; focus on social networking; global Gaikai network rollout.

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Today during Sony's unveiling of its new PlayStation 4, Gaikai CEO Dave Perry revealed how the company's cloud streaming technology will integrate with and benefit Sony's next home console.

Built around the concept of "everything everywhere," the aim is to make PS One, PS2, and PS3 titles playable on the PS4, someday. Gaikai's streaming service will work in conjunction with the existing PlayStation Network to provide a more personalised, connected experience, and take part alongside other players.

Perry hopes the service (not yet detailed as being basic or tied to a premium subscription) will notify other players of new game purchases from friends, including Facebook and Ustream functionality from the ground up, with Sony hoping to "create the first social network with meaning," using avatars alongside real names on player profiles.

Gaikai will benefit from the newly announced share button on the PS4's redesigned DualShock controller to live-stream directly from the console, sharing their session with online viewers. Players will also be able to pass control of the game over to remote friends to help navigate difficult gameplay elements. The service will also allow friends to play a Dungeon Master-style role, joining sessions and modifying the gameworld to provide virtual power-ups as required.

While no specifics were revealed as to which software from the PlayStation back catalog will be playable on which devices--PS4, PlayStation Vita, or mobile--Perry confirmed Sony's support to roll out a global network in phases. No time frame was provided.

Sony purchased Gaikai for $380 million in July last year.

Stay tuned to GameSpot for more updated coverage on the new PS4.

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Discussion

47 comments
Valdomer0
Valdomer0

Can't people who own their physical discs would be able to insert the disc and register the game to the server with the code inside the disc (I imagine each disc has its own cd-key)? So it can be registered only to that account?, that way they can prevent people from registering all the games they want just the ones they really own.


I would've done that, just open the cloud gaming launcher, select 'register owned games', insert each game-disc you want to register as owned, let the server register your disc's cd-key and do it again for the other games you have. Sounds easier than it looks, but that would be better than what Sony is doing right now :(

kryotech
kryotech

this is quite innovative actually. It has the potential to really dislodge competitors if done right. The Wii U I doubt will last very long against this sort of tech, but we've been wrong before when we said that about the PS3...still, I'm pretty confident about the potential of this system...

JusXice
JusXice

OMG WTF?!?!?

The idea of connecting is crazy even social media okay online service s great and all but frist off i don't like facebook second why do people need to know my business? do you have to play with PS4 in order to have a FB account to stream and have content? I don't trust that incompetent website company 

dogpigfish
dogpigfish

I'm holding my breath for this one. They need to release the all new ps vita mondo, with 7" display.

Omegasis
Omegasis

yey, I can play my PlayStation old games in the PS4!!

I just need to pay twice for those games I already bought... FORGET IT!!!

arcangelgold
arcangelgold

All I know is I won't buy it when it first comes out period. I won't pay for any cloud service or "premium service". Paying for the console and the games is my payment. I won't pay to play online I already got internet. What do they mean Dungeon master like power ups??? I am NOT interested in linking with FB or any other social media. I hate Google inc as well. I won't pay for my old PS games twice so if I can't play  them on the ps4 I'm not buying it.

jixxer46
jixxer46

So i can be playin a sports game and someone from my FL can sit there and watch as i play?? im lost lol

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

This is the best part of their announcement today cuz you can play someone else's game from your own living room but the sad part about this being the best part of their announcement today is that it isn't saying much .... 


Can you say LAG ?

Caluna
Caluna

The fact is 'Cloud gaming' is still a long way off for many people due to broadband limitations,Local Infrastucture ect. Try playing cloud games on either a low-meduim internet connection speed or with monthly broadband allowance restrictions from ISP's and you soon see what i mean. Couple this with currently unresolved latancy problems effecting many people trying to run cloud games and building a software/hardware infrastuture capable of supporting and streaming to huge numbers of people at once and it just throws up even more problems .Hell they even had problems steaming a plain video feed to 50k people never mind millions of people wanting to play a game.

Sam3231
Sam3231

I think it's bunch of bullshit that it will not support backwards compatibility with PS3 discs. Design a console that will play both ps3 and ps4 and I would not even blink to pay both combined retail prices - so I don't have to clutter my TV space with so many consoles. Sadly it looks like this gen's MGS5 will follow the same path as last gens MGS4 - that is a warm spot on the bookshelf after completing it on a friend's console, with m$'s next console and Nintendo's Wii U sitting under my TV, seeing their backwards compatibility has not been a total fuck you.

LibertyPrime11
LibertyPrime11

Spying me on my living room while paying games!

"This is not the future my mother warned me about"



LibertyPrime11
LibertyPrime11

PS1 had Save Game Cards. I could use my saves on any PS1.
Why is it so HARD to play my saves on any Playstation without paying extra?

Will the new PS$ be able to transfer saves from one Playstation system to another using for instance a usb stick?!

Re-buying games you already own is typically theft!!!!

Buying data = buying thin air

PS1 had CD
PS2 had DVD
PS3 had Blu-Ray and 3D
So whats new on PS4? No 4K Disc? Not much Innovation behind PS4?

Does doing simple tasks will require internet and extra bucks? I believe Sony is pushing gamers to the PC gaming market?

Hope PS4 has a decent amount of disc space and not a 12GB or 500GB cheap marketing trick! Greedy Sony!!! Especially when everybody knows newer games require around 4 to 6GB space of install…
Its a shame SONY has to treat its customers in such a dirty "take it or leave it" deal, just to buy the "one way" expensive version PS3 Super Slim one year before PS4.

And if price range is more than 200-300$ they are not competitive enough!

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

I don't like the direction next gen is heading...But, this is a good thing. Knocks off one of my compulsive buys this holiday. Wii U or Nextbox instead then? Depends on what they're offering for the money. I might go even go PC. (cover my mouth)

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Please Microsoft, be my knight in shining armor. I'll be perfectly content with moving in the perceived direction that the xbox brand is going (offering a wealth of apps and entertainment options, replacing the cable box and whatnot), just please don't do what Sony is doing. I don't want my friends to be able to complete a game for me over the internet, I don't want "Facebook-esque" gamer profiles, I don't want to share gameplay videos online (God knows there's enough Let's Play videos out there). Just leave me alone and let me be antisocial.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Not only do I not want people to know what games I'm playing at every given moment, I really don't care what games my friends are playing either.  The whole social media thing is out of control, but companies continue to leverage it because those folks who are captivated by it are the most likely to be sheep, meaning they're the easiest to sucker into making a sale.

King9999
King9999

Being able to stream your gameplay is really appealing to me, especially since I play fighting games and like to record matches.

kbaily
kbaily

So are they going to block playing used games or not?  That's what I want to know.  Hopefully not though it wouldn't surprise me if it shows up at the last second.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Way better than I expected. The social aspects of this system go far beyond simply sharing and social media integration. The ability to allow players to control games remotely or even change the content of the game on the fly is insane. 

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

This is exciting news. I hope they support twitch.tv

stailcookie
stailcookie

Sony's selling hardware to stream to millions, can't manage streaming to 50k people while they announce it...

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

@Omegasis  

I like the comment, weird thing is i presented this exact argument on a previous post and the amount of bashing my 1 comment got was insane, lol!! The reason behind this moved most of the comments explained had to do with the fact that the PS3 and PS4's inbuilt designs were completely different so Sony wouldn't have been able to easily make the new system that easily backwards compatible and if they did the system would've cost more from a selling standpoint (this was the explanation they all said and agreed to)!!  

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@Jak-25 theres no direct backwards compatibility..if you want to play Ps3 games you have to re-buy them to stream on Psn for the Ps4...

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

@Caluna Even  if cloud gaming worked perfectly for everyone, I dont think it would be that popular anyway.  I know I prefer to have a physical copy of my games, but having my game saved on a remote server?  No way.  At least if I buy a game digitally, I still have a copy of it on my hard drive.

96augment
96augment

@LibertyPrime11 What article did you read? Because the one I read didn't mention anything about making players pay to play PS3 games on the PS4. 

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@FAIL_TR0LL :o  All that you don't want is possibly optional!  I don't want Kinect... so, I don't use it.  

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@King9999 enjoy the framehits you get while recording like you do with FRAPS on pc

Saketume
Saketume

@kbaily Like they'd tell you something like that or what anti piracy measures they'd taken. Prepare for some not so nice "surprises"

enriK233
enriK233

@Tripwolf ughh agree.

Hopefully we can remove some of those "social" features. Kind of too overwhelming :(

I don't even have a facebook account.

I just want to play the friggen damn game


Saketume
Saketume

@Tripwolf and this is the reason I won't buy a PS4. Along with the fact that the controller wants me to put a camera pointed at me and will record my movements and it looks like there's a mic in the controller??!

Stupid share button I'll just press by mistake since I'll never use it on purpose.

Yeah no thank you for these "features" I never asked for.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Tripwolf I removed 90% of my "online friends" a long time ago... all this social stuff will make us paranoid. I don't even have nor I am interested in Facebook and all that crap, I JUST WANT TO GAME!

RikusTwilight
RikusTwilight

@JBStone1981 I'd wager that the remote control thing will be similar to PC's where you have to agree to it before hand, I've never liked the feature on a PC because it's creepy as hell, and having a friend come in and do something in the game for me? yeah no thanks, and you just KNOW people (even your best friends) will be d*cks about it and run you off a ledge killing you several times because it's 'fun'

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

@stailcookie As much as their announcements knocked my socks off, I have to agree their streaming was atrocious. Very ironic. 

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

@Viral-venom13 @Omegasis Those guys must have been psychic or insiders.  Maybe they were psychic insiders sent from the future by M$ to infiltrate Sony and thwart backwards compatibility before the PS4 is even released.

RikusTwilight
RikusTwilight

@JustPlainLucas @FAIL_TR0LL It will be optional and that's the downside to it. Sony is putting so much into this and their whole presentation was built around these features, but at the end of the day I can see the majority of gamers not using/not caring for them and just letting them rot

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

@Tripwolf @kbaily Yea no BC, unless you buy the back library to stream instead. NO THANKS! Nicely takes out used games. They will be streamed to you. You can't sell streamed content.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

@green_scorpion @Viral-venom13 

Haha, well when i saw how many of them were posting on it, i said i wouldn't even bother to entertain what they were bashing me about as i already stated my point so i left it up in the air from there for them to say whatever else they wanted to!!