December 2nd, 2013, 22:18 Posted By: wraggster
It has been suggested that PlayStation 4 game streaming service Gaikai is scheduled to launch in North America in the second half of 2014.
According to a Eurogamer source, Gaikai will roll out across North America in the third quarter of 2014 ahead of a European launch the following year.
The site also claims Sony is currently asking some developers to take part in a Gaikai beta scheduled for early 2014.
"We're on track to have a commercial service up and running in the US first within 2014," Andrew House told Eurogamer. "That remains the plan and we're very much on track to reach that.
"But what's important is to understand the full scope of what we're trying to achieve and why we felt the Gaikai acquisition was important. Our goal is to be able to have a new form of game distribution streamed from the server side, initially to PS4 consoles then gradually moving that out to Vita.
"But eventually, the endgame is to have this available on a multitude of network-connected devices, essentially delivering a console-quality gaming experience on devices which are not innately capable of doing that."
When asked if he could comment on the mooted 2015 release date for Europe, House replied: "I really can't be specific on the European rollout. It's a brand new form of delivery.
"We need to prove out the technology, which we feel is good at its core, but we place - as I think is quite right - a real emphasis on delivering a quality experience for consumers. And that will be dependent to a degree on what the strength of broadband connection is going to be, and what our server deployment and infrastructure looks like.
"We're hard at work on all of those fronts, but I'm not at a point right now where I can be specific about when our European fans are going to be able to enjoy that."
Speaking during a roundtable interview at Tokyo Game Show in September, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said: "We are planning to start serving PS3 games on cloud servers in the States next year for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita - and that means PS Vita TV as well - and expand in regions and content."
Earlier in the year, Gaikai founder Dave Perry said: "What we're creating is the fastest, most powerful gaming network in the world."
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