If you recently signed up for the Playstation Now Beta, invites are starting to be sent out to lucky participants. The email invite says the beta includes “exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide your regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team.” The beta invite also says you’ll need to have “a 5Mbps or higher speed broadband connection” in order to participate. After you accept the beta invite you will receive a beta voucher and instructions “in the coming days.”
But while Sony is moving progressively towards backwards compatibility and accessibility via Playstation Now’s Cloud Streaming technology it seems the idea of local emulation may not be completely out the window. Digital Foundry is reporting that Sony is in development of a fully fledged PS1 and PS2 emulator for the Playstation 4. Their source working with Sony’s streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently going to use Playstation Now.
It would reportedly run games smoother and bring native HD resolutions and rendering to the games. This would in turn will make games looks way better without all that nasty, blurry upscaling. And it would look better than that of the PS3 emulator.
If the source is true this would be big news for the PS4. Having full backwards compatibility across most, if not all legacy games (PS1, PS2, PS3) would give it a bigger boost over the Xbox One. Having PS1 and PS2 games run locally also is superior to cloud as you wont have the latency and image quality issues (dependent of your internet connection). It’s a completely logical and intelligent move to do so.
Sony hasn’t made an official announcement other than “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” But given the circumstances I say we could see an official announcement pretty soon.
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