At E3 2013 this year it was clarified by Sony that Gaikai, the PS4’s game streaming service, won’t see a proper release until 2014. However, European gamers are far less likely to see it sooner rather later as Sony has no idea when it’ll arrive in Europe citing the continent’s broadband speeds as the problem.
“So the plan is to begin with North America next year and the plan is to provide a streaming service that will allow for PS3 content initially to be streamed to firstly PS4 then PS Vita and then PS3,” Sony Computer Entertainment’s Jim Ryan explained to Edge Online.
“And so that will happen in 2014 in North America initially.”
Sony purchased Gaikai last year for $380 million and announced its plans for the streaming service when it unveiled the PlayStation 4 in February this year. When it’s up and running players will be able to stream games from all past PlayStation consoles straight to your PS4 effortlessly.
“Now, and I touched upon these issues of broadband in Europe during the presentation,” Ryan continued to explain. “Europe is of course on the roadmap for that service to be deployed at some point in the future, but for reasons outside of our control we don’t yet have a timeline for it.”
“So at a show which is now pretty global in its reach but primarily aimed at a European audience, we didn’t really want to start talking about the virtues of this great cloud-based service without knowing exactly when it’ll come to Europe.
“We’ve got a roadmap, there’s just a few bumps along the road that need to be ironed out.”
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