A closely followed story over the past week, Sony’s rumored cloud-gaming partnership with Gaikai will allegedly allow current-generation hardware to play PS2 and PSone games through a streaming medium.

According to GamesIndustry, the service will offer first-party games and would allow third-party publishers to sell back catalog games to players. This new information would seemingly point to Gaikai expanding their model from their demo-only offerings to full games — something that should ease the minds of PlayStation users who only saw Gaikai as offering demos, and farming out the purchase of games to other services.

Cloud gaming has been gaining more and more acceptance recently, and with the rumored ability to stream games from previous PlayStation consoles, the function should continue to gain wider acceptance. Gaikai already has a large portfolio of gaming partners in the fold, including giants Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, and THQ — though at this point all titles have been for the PC only. Recent high-definition releases of PS2 classics Silent Hill, God of War, and Devil May Cry, however, seem to indicate that there is still a market for older games for this current generation of players.

This partnership between Gaikai and Sony is rumored to be the big news that Gaikai has in store for folks at E3 next week, and while it is purely speculation at this point, it would appear to be fairly solid information. As Game Rant’s Jeff Schille reported last week, Game Rant (as well as other outlets) has received an invitation from Gaikai that promises to “change the future of video games.” Initially fearing that Gaikai’s news would support their claim that either Sony or Microsoft would skip the next generation console battle, this new information would seemingly help calm those apprehensions.

The larger question remains: if the rumors prove true, what other Sony devices will support the Gaikai game streaming service? The PS3 is an obvious choice, but considering the current technology, Sony-branded televisions, blu-ray players and tablets would not be out of the question either. Also, offering backwards compatibility for the PS3 at this stage would give Sony a perfect testing platform for game-streaming services before the launch of the PS4.

So far Sony has a checkered history with backwards compatibility. The PS3 originally allowed players to play older PS2 and PSone games, but ultimately support for PS2 games went away as newer versions of the PS3 were subsequently released. Some PS2 and PSone games are available for purchase in the PlayStation Store, though the available library is bare-bones considering how many titles were published for the two systems.

Keep it tuned to Game Rant as we bring you the news of the official announcement from Gaikai and Sony next week at E3. Ranters, how would you think Gaikai would change the future of video games?

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Source: GamesIndustry.biz

tags: Gaikai, PS3, PS4, Sony