Sony’s new console, the PlayStation 4, releases in November. At launch, gamers won’t be able to play PS3 titles, but they’ll have the ability to do so next year. At the Tokyo Game Show today, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, revealed that a digital library of PlayStation 3 games will be streamed through the company’s Gaikai cloud services to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2014. Since the processing will be done in the cloud, gamers will also be able to play PS3 titles on the recently announced PS Vita TV.
It hasn’t been revealed as yet which titles will be the first ones to be supported by next year. Yoshia has said that Sony will support a “decent number” of games when the service launches, and that it will continue to expand the library over time. Back in February this year, Yoshida had announced that PlayStation 4 would not come with native support for last year’s console’s games. This alternative will no doubt be welcomed. Gaikai, known as the “world’s leading interactive cloud-based gaming company,” was purchased by Sony last year for a rumored amount of $380 million. After the acquisition many hoped that Sony will use this technology to offer streaming of games, the company has finally followed through.