Sources: Gaikai On Track To Launch For PS4 In Q3 2014
Looks like you'll have to wait a bit before Gaikai becomes functional on the PlayStation 4.
According to what "trusted sources" told Eurogamer, game streaming on PS4 powered by Gaikai will launch in Q3 2014 in North America, with a European release slated for some time in 2015.
Developers have been briefed on Gaikai and evidently, some have even been asked to participate in a beta for the cloud service, which will begin early next year. Streaming should come to the PS4 first and then will arrive for the PS3 and Vita at a later date. We're not sure which titles might be compatible with the service, but Sony has promised a catalog of "critically acclaimed" games. SCE president Andrew House says they intend to really push Gaikai:
"We think there's a great opportunity to broaden the market, because you essentially remove the need to make the console purchase in order to have access to that experience. It may sound counter-intuitive, because, aren't you replacing a business that is your bread and butter? But part of being an innovative company is being a pioneer in new forms of distribution of content, and we would like to be there first and take a leadership role."
Sony picked up Gaikai in mid-2012 for $380 million. Here's hoping it turns out to be a lucrative investment.
12/2/2013 10:11:24 PM John Shepard