PlayStation cloud service launching in 2014

Sony's new service powered by Gaikai won't be available when PS4 launches this year.

Sony's highly touted cloud-gaming service will launch in 2014, meaning it will miss the PlayStation 4 launch, the company announced this evening during its E3 2013 briefing.

It will be available first on the PlayStation 4, before arriving later on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The service allows players immediate access to a catalog of "critically acclaimed" games.

The system was described by Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House as "fast and responsive." He added that the technology--powered by Gaikai--will evolve rapidly in the coming months, though a specific roadmap or further details were not provided.

The PS4 launches later this year for $399/€399/£349, or $100 less than competitor Microsoft's Xbox One. In addition, the PS4 will play used games and won't require an online check-in.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

41 comments
orthodox1976
orthodox1976

Hello Ni No Kuni and Last of Us on my PS4. :)

Very nice!

burgo81
burgo81

probably not in australia

soulless4now
soulless4now

Please put Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on there. I missed out on it during the ps2 era. :3

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

this is part of the psn plus subscription right? i hope so

DSnyder84
DSnyder84

Screw all of you closed minded idiots im buying both consoles.


Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I wasn't impressed by Sony's event, granted Final Fantasy 15 being exclusive (which we don't know if or not, id say not though) would win them alot of sales.

But outside of that, other than the Sony franchises there was no war inducing exclusives & nothing but ultra-pathetic ingame items and a 70s batman suit.

Then no cloud at launch, yet there is PSN Plus requirement for gaming - so you'd be paying for no Gaikai, meaning no instant streaming of games and no doubt alot of buttons which say "Not Available" ... then the entertainment line up was nothing new, essentially making the PS4 a PS3 with updated graphics..... not exactly next-gen.


Also with the cloud, they said it'd release Cloud services starting with north america, but no time frame of when it'll come to the UK or the rest of the world - I'd imagine it'll be a service riddled with bugs as it launches hence why they'll do it region by region carefully.


Xbox One however has a far superior entertainment line up, fully cloud enabled at launch with a beast of an infrastructure & truly next-gen bullet points (if it works) plus Microsoft's franchised exclusives (mostly games i don't care about, it has to be said) and hopefully all the same games as PS4...... but, cloud processing will take time to come into its own so I can't imagine any massive power boosts for awhile. - But my decision was made... Xbox One!


Then, Playstation 4 announced it'd be £80 cheaper, and the whole event flipped.. £80 is a lot of money, that's a  couple of games at launch... and from a local standpoint a superior gaming machine, I think I'd happily spend £349 on a PS4 and not have any pie in the sky dreams about what it'll do... if I spent £429 on a Xbox One, I'd be constantly asking myself just what can this thing really do? will my bandwidth be a problem? can the cloud processing really make a difference to real time gaming? what if at a later date they admit it's not as advertised? 

geeet3
geeet3

I'll be sticking to physical games thanks.

fastharry
fastharry

There is a BIG difference between using the cloud to stream (ala Sony)...and using the cloud to enhance gaming power...(ala MS, Amazon Kindle etc).....I think the future belongs To MS....maybe not right away, but it is coming...


And I tell you something else...I WANT the Kinect....I want an infrared scanner to judge my heartbeat and change the game..I want to Kinect enhance the game play......I don't care about the always on..My 360 is always on anyway.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

so how will it work? buy it one game at a time? monthly fee for access to the whole collection? I need details here.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

They said it will be available in the USA first. I live in Japan. but I have a USA account and so far I have access to all the USA features (execpt Netflix and download movies). I wonder how this will work. 

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I am totally ok with this. Take your time Sony, make sure it works flawlessly and then launch away. I would rather wait a little extra time then have an 'EA debacle' every damn time they launch anything that requires you to access their servers.

Onlive was a struggle to this day..so if you need to wait it out until thing can catch up do it! More new features in the future means you will be future proof.

blackace
blackace

Will it cost anything to play the games in Gaikai? If so, what will the average price be?

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

Promising feature, but the library needs to be expansive to justify the PS+ requirement. I'm hoping I can stream all the PSN games I own on PS3 too.

Khalidosan
Khalidosan

So being economically conscious and a responsible consumer is being a closed minded idiot..? I fear for my kids if this what the new generation has to offer.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@Blank2k2 As someone who works on making what you could call "engines of the cloud", nope, the tech is not good enough for realtime stuff. Think of cloud as your GPU/processor/RAM over internet. It can do powerful stuff and crunch BIIIIG numbers, but it can't be as responsive as resources onboard your PC/console. What it can do is things like, say, generate in-game weather and time of day based on your real life location, when you turn on a news channel in GTAVI it can report what other players are doing as news on your in-game TV. Hope that gives some idea.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Blank2k2 they both will play games. Will feathure similar online things aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnd Ps4 has bigger support, better hardware and no restriction. You Sony hatters are delusional as fudge. But i would suggest you go to PC instead of bringing humanity's IQ down but that's too much to ask for lemmings.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@ps3freek Yes, they seem to be taking sides more overtly than usual, but perhaps they're simply stating facts. In comparison to the Xbox One, PS4 has many consumer benefits. That all means diddly squat, though, if you don't like the PS4 or don't care about the requirements of the Xbox One. To me, a PC-only guy, PS4 seems the better choice and I also thought that about last gen, but it's stronger this time in favor of PS4.

Atrower
Atrower

@fastharry why would you support something that adds restrictions? games M$ showed off were nice, but always online = bad for all consumers

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@fastharry 

The heartrate meter is used by Valve to measure stress and anxiety levels in games, which then enable the game to respond to the player in a more fluid way.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@bunchanumbers Agreed I'm guessing it will be a sub fee as that would make the most sense, but then again their press conference was awesome so this might be the thing that made it all a little to good to be true if we have to repurchase our PS3 games to play them through it on the PS4.

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

@the_requiem @Blank2k2  

Could it D/L chunks or essential core parts of the game and run that from RAM or whatever?  I'm genuinely curious.....

(And then i notice this post is from like 3 weeks ago.  Sadness.)

Freedomination
Freedomination

@Joedgabe But the Sony hatter (love that word by the way) you replied to just said he'll prolly end up buying the playstation. You did read the whole thing before going into rabid attack-mode right?

fastharry
fastharry

@Atrower @fastharry I don't like DRM..but the horse is out of the barn already. The time to revolt against DRm was back when apple started I Tunes, When PC gamers were faced with it, etc....It's already here. I am just looking for the best gaming Experience....which is just not about raw power.

That being said, I think MS will work this out to a satisfactory arrangement....


And you said it all.....the games MS showed are nice....and so was what the One can do with them...Thats my bottom line...

fastharry
fastharry

@caleb0075 @fastharry LOl....

 I am all about the future....I am not looking for just a gaming machine...nor am I looking for "just" a phone, "just" a tablet or anything else....I think MS's vision  for gaming, using Kinect in so many ways, Cloud computing etc outweigh the aways on and DRM....hell, people always want PC gaming right?..well, except for hardware, they are getting it...and more, with the ONE...



BTW, great answer...

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

@shadowhunter0 @LoG-Sacrament It used to be an option. It's basically a requirement now that online play is behind a payment wall. It certainly doesn't have the same "Do I want to purchase this service?" angle anymore. I treat it like a feature of the hardware now.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@shadowhunter0 @LoG-Sacrament Yeah, I been already paying for PS+ for couple years and I don't even play online much [only Portal2 co-op with Steam friends and occasional Borderlands2].

prash212
prash212

@the_requiem@fastharry@caleb0075 There's every chance that Gaikai may be evolved to have the same functionality as MS cloud service. Sony did say it will evolve its cloud computing service over time and the fact that both consoles similar hardware architecture, with PS4 packing bit more power in the box, Sony should be able to provide similar functionality as MS. As of now even the industry's experienced and well known developers are not that convinced about enhancing the game a lot with the help of cloud computing so I don't think the quality of games will be all that different between the two, PS4 may even have better visuals and performance initially. As far as games are concerned, Sony has not shown a lot of their games yet and judging by their record, we can safely bet that they have lots of quality games in production. They themselves said that in all 140 games are there for ps4 for the first year itself and about 30 of them are from first party developers. If 'Last OF US' has arrived in 7th year of PS3, we can safely bet quality and quantity of games will not be a concern for ps4. Thankfully this time they have listened to gamers all around the world and put nice price tag on it as well. Ps3 burned huge hole in my pocket so at least the price is bit more attractive.     

fastharry
fastharry

@the_requiem @fastharry @caleb0075 I'm 58....hell, I still have my nintendo with Robbie, LOL...and you make a valid point as well...


But when it comes to JUST gaming and online paid services?...I think MS is gonna bring it this generation, just like they have been doing..

the_requiem
the_requiem

@fastharry @caleb0075 Oh I agree it is the future, but there is a phrase called "ahead of its time". Dunno if you're old enough to remember Sega Dreamcast. It was ahead of its time and all know how it turned out for Sega. Releasing a tech before time is like a premature baby, can end up doing more harm than good.

fastharry
fastharry

@noirtenshin @fastharry @caleb0075 I Think a lot of what you said is valid..esp. MS taking a big chunk into the future. But, like I said, part of that future and big chunk is gonna be Cloud Computing and the power behind it....and personally, I think MS's implementation of that gives them a BIG leap over Sony...even though the gamers may not agree.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@fastharry @caleb0075 Sometimes not moving forward (the future) is a move forward (the future).
For example, am  almost 99% sure that you will be able to do similar stuff with smart TVs and PS4/Nintendo just without the DRM or the Privacy Violation.

And still the PC is the cheapest solution (on the long run) with most options but without "few" games.

MS wants it all (features) in one, but from the current standings, it will get much below their expectations. When you iterate to future (versions), too big steps will prove unpopular especially if you are changing the core (which is appreciated the most from the fans). They tried to change the core features of the their console, and a "punishment" they will get.
Sony will have (more) resources to go "further" to the future with this gain, and MS should be happy if it keeps the 
(number of)  xBox 360  users and has an opportunity to get as much resources (as from xBox360 gen) for the gen after the "one" gen. Thus Sony is making a more solid step to the future with higher chance of making it there, with more advanced features and add-ons then the "advanced" MS.   


P.S. Sry for the rant, this is an opinion (and they are like as-holes, every has (at least) one :))