Latest PS4 article
translated from Japanese news agency Nikkei:
The new console will use cloud-based gaming technology Sony obtained when it acquired Gaikai last summer, the Nikkei newspaper reported Thursday. Gaikai, located in California, runs services allowing gamers to play titles on their computers or game consoles that are hosted on remote servers.
The new console will be called the "PlayStation 4" for now and will be on shelves by the end of the year, according to the Kyodo News agency. Sony will reveal the console at a press event due to take place later this month in New York City.
Sony will abandon the "Cell" processor it developed together with Toshiba and IBM for use in the current PlayStation 3, using a chip developed by a third party instead, the Nikkei said.
If that last part is true and there is no Cell chip in the next console, that slams the door on day one backwards compatibility being part of the PS4 itself.
Software emulation can't alone replace the Cell. The only options I suppose is to either do something with Gaikai streaming (requiring a farm of PS3-like machines with Cell chips), and/or sell a separate BC gadget to attach to the PS4 for a price like, maybe, $100).
Having the Cell natively reside inside of each PS4 would have increased the price when Sony clearly wants it to be as cheap (and eventually profitable) as soon as possible. Besides the processor, they would have had to include all kinds of tech changes to accommodate the space and extra power/heat requirements. It goes against the point of having an all-in-one APU.
If they don't do any of that, then hanging on to the PS3 to play current gen games is the only option I guess.Edited by joeblow - 2/7/13 at 9:38am