The PlayStation 4 will be capable of playing PS3 games via cloud streaming service Gaikai, claims a new report.
Sony will use its acquisition of the Gaikai cloud gaming service to bring PS3 games to its next-generation console, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Citing unnamed sources familiar with Sony's plans, WSJ says Sony will announce the feature at its PlayStation Meeting event on February 20, when it's also expected to unveil the PlayStation 4.
If true, this would provide a feasible solution to the issue of backwards compatibility on the new console - a feature that would be otherwise difficult to achieve due the likelihood of a vastly differing internal architecture to PS3.
Sony Computer Entertainment acquired cloud-based gaming service Gaikai for approximately $380 million back in July 2012.
Sony has kept quiet on its plans for the service, other than to say that while it "will be focused on Sony's game machines", that "expanding the technology to other Sony products is absolutely within the frame".
The PS4, codenamed 'Orbis', has been the subject of an increasing number of high profile 'leaks' in recent weeks, including more than one alleged system specifications dossier.