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Gaikai to Bring Backwards Compatibility, Instant Demos, and More to PlayStation 4

Posted on February 20, 2013 AT 06:03pm

Gaikai founder and CEO Dave Perry took to the stage at Sony’s PlayStation Event to reveal the extensive features that the new PlayStation Cloud service will bring to the PlayStation 4.

Perry revealed that using the DualShock 4′s Share button players will be able to instantly stream their gameplay to friends in real-time. Spectating players will be able to post comments straight onto your screen to help you out, or if things get really tricky you can actually hand them control of your game so they can help you out. This feature alone was enough to blow me away! I never even considered it as an option.

Players will also be able to stream gameplay to several players at once and have the option of uploading video to various social media sites. Live streaming will also be available at the touch of a button via UStream.

If all this wasn’t enough the PlayStation Cloud will allow you to download and try a demo of any PlayStation 4 title without having to physically download it. Simply hit X on the game while in the store and you can start playing instantly. Perry believes that players should be able to “instantly experience anything that you want,” and “try for free, and pay only for games you fall in love with.”

“What we’re creating is the fastest, most powerful gaming network in the world,” he added.

After all this Perry went on to add that thanks to Gaikai’s technology and the PlayStation Cloud, the PlayStation 4 will be able to play PSOne, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Mobile titles. No specific titles were mentioned, but we know that the technology is in there.

Finally, Perry added that the PlayStation 4 will support Remote Play via the PlayStation Vita, similar to the Wii U’s GamePad. If you’re main screen is busy you’ll be able to transfer your session onto the Vita. Perry promised “reduced transmission times so the gameplay is snappy and immediate.”

Perry concluded his presentation by stating that Sony will be “rolling out PlayStation Cloud services in phases,” basically saying that not all features will be available at launch. The PlayStation 4 is due to release holiday 2013, but no price has been set.

What do you think of all these new features? Is backwards compatibility a plus? Share your thoughts below.

Nick Baumfeld Editor-in-chief
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