With only 2 days to go, expectations the tech world have about the upcoming PlayStation 4 is quite high. Sony is expected to use Gaikai-like services to stream games to the next PlayStation game console, which the company will reveal on February 20th.
However, Sony won’t necessarily use Gaikai to deliver brand-new games. Those will reportedly still be delivered on optical disc. Instead, the next PlayStation will allegedly bring existing PlayStation 3 games to the new system using the streaming technology.
The PS4 is expected to use AMD x86 chips, which wouldn’t be compatible with the architecture used in previous systems. By hosting earlier generations of games on servers and streaming them instead, this could be a way to ensure some form of backwards compatibility despite the AMD chips.
There’s no technical limit for Sony’s streaming of PS3 games to be constrained to the PS4 alone. Like Netflix, it could work across a range of internet-connected devices; the company might be able to stream to the PlayStation Vita handheld, the existing PlayStation 3, or even tablets and mobile phones.
Will PlayStation 4 come with a Blu-ray drive? The safe bet is yes, simply because any desire to abandon physical media has been muddled by the fact that quick and reliable download times are not yet a reality everywhere in the world.
There has also been a healthy amount of speculation regarding what we can expect from the PS4 controller. The basic construction of the DualShock controller has been with us for three generations now and there might be some changes in that.
Whatever the changes are, it will take only 2 days from now for the truth to unveil and all are waiting.