PlayStation 4 rumored to have game-streaming capabilities

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

New York, NY, United States (4E) – The PlayStation 4, Sony’s fourth-gen video game console, is making its daily rounds around the rumor circuit as of late. It’s highly believed that the console will be publicly unveiled on February 20 in New York. There’s been focus on the PlayStation 4′s rumored capability to stream games online.

“Sony Corp. is planning to offer technology to stream games to its next video game console, people familiar with the company’s plans say, alongside other enhancements to bolster its position in the market.

“The new technology, to be unveiled Wednesday along with the new console, will allow users to play games delivered over the Internet, these people said,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Sony purchased streaming service Gaikai for $380 million. The PlayStation 4 may be only the beginning of Sony’s overall plan to offer more streaming services in the future.

Gamers would be elated at the idea of being able to play games in the comfort of their own living rooms, instead of having to purchase games at stores. Several possibilities arise with Sony’s rumored streaming PlayStation 4 service — the company could offer gamers a long list of classic titles and recently launched games instantly.

“The streaming service, they added, is designed to use current PlayStation 3 titles on the new console; the new device is also expected to play new games stored on optical discs,” the Wall Street Journal added.

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