For the PlayStation 4, Sony had a different idea on how to have backward compatibility without the bulk and it all starts in 2012, when the Japanese company decided to acquire game streaming service Gaikai for $380 million.
Gaikai has been reformed into PlayStation Now, their new streaming service for PlayStation owners. The idea is to allow all games from their past generation library and have them streamed to the PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Sony smartphones.
It is interesting, especially since Sony will offer games from the PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 library on the service. This means old classics like Rayman and Spyro could be available through the service, unless Sony doesn’t want those titles clogging up the store.
Details are limited at the present time, but it looks like PlayStation Now will be available on a monthly subscription. We are not sure if Sony will offer it for free to PlayStation Plus users or bundle it for a cheaper amount.
Microsoft has yet to show their hand on the backward compatibility features, users can buy games from the store that were available pre-Xbox One launch, but there is no real Xbox or Xbox 360 catalogue users can jump into and start playing.
Since Microsoft is a software company, it may be a little easier for them to create a streaming service for games. If they cannot muster the technology or are simply too lazy, OnLive and other services are available to acquire and we know Microsoft loves the big acquisitions.