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PS4 has no native PS3 backwards compatibility, Gaikai to take place

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The PlayStation 4 will not have native backwards compatibility with games from past Sony systems.

During Sony's PS4 announcement event, Gaikai head Dave Perry said that the new console will not offer native support for PS3 games out of the box.

PS4: Sony PlayStation logo contact sheet

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Sony PlayStation 4 logo

PS4 reveal: New PlayStation 4 console controller

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PlayStation 4 console controller



Instead, Gaikai is developing a cloud service that could offer PS3 games on the new console without the built-in hardware compatibility.

"The technology is so advanced that some day we could easily stream PS1, PS2, PS3 and the PS Mobile games on any device, including the PlayStation 4," Perry added.

Prior to the announcement, Gaikai registered domains for the name PlayStation Cloud, which was rumoured to be used for playing PS3 games on the new console. Those rumours turned out to be true.

PS4 launch: David Perry talks about social network integration of the PS4

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David Perry talks about social network integration of the PS4



Officially announced at the start of the event, the PS4 is compared to a "supercharged PC". It features an x86 CPU, enhanced PC GPU and 8GB RAM.

The Dualshock 4 controller, which was leaked before the event, appears similar in design to the standard PS3 controller, except for a touch pad, share button, and light bar that acts like a PlayStation Move.

PS4 launch: Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the Sony Playstation 4 speaks during an event to announce the new video game console

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Mark Cerny reveals the new PS4 controller at the press launch show



New first-party games include Killzone Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son.

Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy, which will be unveiled at E3, Ubisoft confirmed Watch Dogs for launch, Capcom teased a new game called Deep Down and Braid creator Jonathan Blow announced The Witness.

Blizzard, meanwhile, announced Diablo 3 for the PS3 and PS4, while Bungie revealed that the PS4 version of Destiny will feature exclusive content.

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