Last year, Sony acquired the up-and-coming video game streaming service known as Gaikai. Up until now, it has been a mystery as to exactly what Sony plans to use this service for. According to an article posted by Edge on Feb. 16, it appears that Sony will be taking advantage of this service to allow backwards compatibility with PS3 titles on their next generation system, the PS4.
It is expected that the processor used in the PS4 will not be compatible with the structure that was used in the PS3. Due to this, the PS4 will not have the ability to play PS3 titles directly. With the use of Gaikai, PS4 owners will still have the ability to play PS3 titles through their new system.
The official reveal of the PS4 is expected to be brought forward with the PlayStation event that is scheduled for Feb. 20. Hopefully we will receive further information on these developments at this event. For those interested, you can view a few concept photos of the PS4 in the slideshow above this article.