We already told you how the purchase of Gakai last year has helped Sony in vastly improving the Remote Play feature between the PS4 and the Vita, but they also announced some future plans which will use the service to effectively provide a Netflix-type service for every PlayStation game from every generation.
Although these plans are still being worked on, and may be available a while after launch, Dave Perry told watching viewers of a Sony dream. They plan to offer games from the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and eventually PS4, all using streaming technology, and playable on multiple devices including the PS4 console, Vita and tablets.
This idea could truly revolutionize retro gaming, and render the idea of ‘backwards compatibility’ into history. While it appears the PS4 will not play PS3 games natively (and quite possibly the same for PS and PS2 as well), the Gaikai streaming tech and the power of PS4 working as a server will allow gamers to play games from every period of the PlayStation legacy however and whenever they wish.
We might also see the end of ‘PlayStation classics’ downloaded from the PSN store, as a subscription plan makes much more sense when we are talking about a games streaming service. Maybe we see an extension of PlayStation Plus, where the ‘Instant Game Collection’ is replaced with a subscription to a wide back-catalog of PS3 games? One thing is for sure, the way we play console games is certainly set to change a lot in the coming years.