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PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility for PS3 games won’t happen any time soon, according to Sony, which might come as disappointing news for a lot of gamers.
Times are hard, and with smartphones and watches costing hundreds of dollars, each something has to give. Thankfully, that something doesn't have to be your gaming obsession thanks to Sony and its latest gaming sale. In fact, we would probably say that the word 'sale' doesn't truly do this thing justice. Now 'price massacre,' that sounds a little more like it.
To win any war, sometimes you have to fight dirty, and while this might be a bit of a loaded term to describe Microsoft's latest marketing ploy, it's fair to say that the proverbial gloves are well and truly off. The Redmond company is trying hard to sell you its new and improved Xbox One, and if you happen to be in ownership of the PlayStation 3, then it is especially interested in your custom. So much so, in fact, that those trading in their PlayStation 3 at any US-based Microsoft Retail Store can save $100 off the purchase of the One, which arrives with the second-gen Kinect as standard.
Although the PlayStation 4's lack of backwards compatibility threatened to spill over into hysteria, Sony promised that Gaikai, a service recently acquired by the Japanese company, would allow gamers to enjoy PlayStation 3 titles via cloud streaming, and now, it has been revealed that the service will also be launched on the PS3 and PS Vita. Although the Vita had been looking like a bit of a dead horse - particularly given the popularity of mobile gaming via smartphones and tablets - its integration with the often record-breaking PS4 could bring a new lease of life to the handheld, and Gaikai support will certainly do its cause no harm.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 has, for a very long time, dominated the console market sales charts, and although Nintendo's 3DS may have piped it to top spot in recent times, it has still continued to enjoy one-upmanship over the PlayStation 3 in the home entertainment system bracket; that is, until now. Thanks to the record-breaking success of GTA 5, which, it would seem, nearly every gamer went out to purchase, the PlayStation 3 has leapfrogged its close rival to outsell it for the month of September in the United States.
Much of the excitement and hysteria surrounding the gaming industry may be focused on the soon-to-be released PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but that doesn't mean Sony are ready to give up on their current-generation hardware. The PlayStation 4 is likely to prove to be extremely popular when it is released later in the year, but it also seems that the Japanese electronics giants are giving more budget focused consumers what they want by making the much talked about flash-based 12GB PlayStation 3 available in two of video games biggest markets.
With any next-generation product, particularly within the image-conscious technology industry, we expect a thinner, lighter, and slicker form factor all round. While the jury's still out on whether the PlayStation 4 console looks as cool as its predecessor did when it launched all those years ago, there's no doubting that Sony has scaled down the packaging while scaling up the hardware beef within the PS4. Sony’s PS Access channel has a short video pitting new and old side-by-side, which not only lets you make up your mind as to which looks better, but also gives you some idea as to how much more compact the PlayStation 4 is.
Even though the PlayStation 3 is coming towards the end of its lifecycle as Sony's premier gaming device, that doesn't mean that development of top-notch games has ended. In fact, there are some potentially triple-A titles on the horizon, and 'Rain' has to be somewhere towards the top of that list. You can check out the all-new story trailer and screenshots right after the jump!