PS4 streaming service will reportedly launch late 2014

Gaikai-powered cloud-based technology to launch in North America late next year, followed by 2015 rollout for Europe, according to sources.

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"Trusted sources" have told Eurogamer that game streaming on PlayStation 4 powered by Gaikai will launch in Q3 2014, with a European launch slated for sometime in 2015. Developers have already been briefed on Gaikai, the report claims, and some have been asked to participate in a beta for the cloud service said to begin in 2014.

Sony has confirmed only that Gaikai will launch for PS4 sometime during 2014 in North America. The service will roll out first on PS4, before coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later. Sony has remained largely quiet on what users can expect from the service, saying only that it will allow players immediate access to a catalog of "critically acclaimed" titles.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House reaffirmed that Gaikai is on track to launch in North America in 2014. "That remains the plan and we're very much on track to reach that," he said.

House explained that while the plan for Gaikai is first to get the technology up and running on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, the "endgame" is to have the service available on a "multitude of network-connected devices," including those not naturally capable of doing that.

"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," House said. "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 acquired Gaikai in summer 2012 for $380 million.

Microsoft has also suggested backwards compatibility though streaming could be on the way for the Xbox One. Director of product planning Albert Penello said in September that the Xbox One's cloud servers could be used to stream full games.

"It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box," he said at the time. "We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience."

Discussion

194 comments
soulless4now
soulless4now

Look forward to it. I could always go for some retro games. 

Tad Puckett
Tad Puckett

Ya, snarky internet guy, you got it! Some of us would love to offload our libraries and get some shelf space back. (or entertainment center shelving space). Sell my consoles and game discs off and stream what I want when I want it? Yes, please!

Jagat Patel
Jagat Patel

well since its delayed they better make it proper

Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly

What did MS lie about? If anything MS was so open and verbose about their system at launch that it resulted in more people voicing their opinions. Isn't the PS4 box adorned with images of launch games that never made it? :)

Jeremiah Bautista
Jeremiah Bautista

Because they take their time and dont flat out lie like Microsoft?

force_user1975
force_user1975

I wish people would stop calling streaming games a solution to backwards compatibility. Backwards compatibility is putting in a disc from a previous generation into a next gen console and it working. Having to re-purchase a game and stream it isn't backwards compatibility. There is a reason OnLive failed, data caps and slow speeds are going to hamper this type of thing. Not to mention the bad buffering and less than HD resolutions. 

Tad Puckett
Tad Puckett

I only want to know the details of the service. I have almost 200 titles from PS3, I really don't want purchase them again. Or is this an all you can eat buffet with a monthly fee??

Patrick Robert Mason
Patrick Robert Mason

Of course nothing new will come out in the spring or summer but it will come out before the holiday season like always

Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

Wow, some people just can't be pleased at all. Negative Nancies left and right.

Noah Moser
Noah Moser

This is old news sadly since i read about this a week or two ago

Bob Rea
Bob Rea

I thought they said early 2014 a while ago

brucebenzing
brucebenzing

If it's handled by the same IT team that handles PSN Security...PASS. 

I'll have my PS4 in March as long as they have all of the kinks out.

John Sharp
John Sharp

Critically acclaimed? I hope that includes my Shin Mega Ten games because in reality that's all I want from PS2..

Kyle Greet
Kyle Greet

How about a few hundred quid extra??

Adam Chaney
Adam Chaney

Q3? Just like destiny its pushed back.

Jose Daniel Escamilla
Jose Daniel Escamilla

Pretty soon, you'll be able to rent games online for a dollar a day. Pay for the days you use it. Don't pay for the days you don't. And when the customer buys gold membership, and they reach the full price of the game from daily rentals, they fully own it. So in a sense, it's also a daily layway plan. This, in turn, encourages members to more daily rental from online multiplayer games to eventually own the game. That's my million dollar idea. Redbox, eat your heart out.

Jesse Hicks
Jesse Hicks

Some great news. Backwards capability is not truly lost.

Majed Aljarman
Majed Aljarman

Being able to stream my PS3 catalog again, will be great. I just hope my paid downloads will be free on the service.

noobocalypse
noobocalypse

if you are able to cross-console game, and this program might be released for ps3 and psvita, then whats the point for a ps4 if you can stream it on ps3? If that is possible which it might not be.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

Or they could have just made the PS4 backwards compatible. But now they can charge us over again for the same games we have already bought just so we can play them on the PS4.

pszone
pszone

Look players have choice to use stream if they don't like it don t go on it. 

 Sony take time for it because rush it  things go wrong on stream. 

  Sony not replaying discs because Sony have a good relationship with Retail and if you want more stream for you as well.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

The tightening leash on consumers are ever growing stronger. With the incoming wave of not so backwards compatible, they have people fooled. With the rocky online service they have, this should be interesting to watch.

Good luck playing reliable streamed full games.

sk8rjason
sk8rjason

@brucebenzing PSN security is a lot better then it was during the anonymous hack of over 2 years ago, significantly better then what MS offers.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@noobocalypse If they do allow you to play PS4 games on PS3 with that service, it will still be a PS3 console. Meaning it won't have all the features a PS4 has to offer. I don't think they'll allow that anyways, but if they do, you would probably need to buy a Dualshock 4 anyways. 

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

@Fine_TableLamp I do not think that will work.  So unless there is a additional charge like PSN MAX where such a service is added on for say $65.00 a year, OR the ability to exchange our game for a digital copy, playable through Gaikai.  

frozenspark
frozenspark

@Fine_TableLamp Judging from the fact that you said "charge us 'over again' ", it sounds like you already have a ps3, in which case if you want to play ps3 games, just buy it for the ps3. The real benefit that they're hinting at with Gaikai is being able to play games cross-console, even if they were never developed for that particular console (ex.: Playing Skyrim on Vita)

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@gamingnerd121 i dont class the ps4 as not being backwards compatible, for 2 reasons A its probably not too hard to get emulators onto the ps4, its just a matter of getting the disk drive to read the disks. and B the steaming service thats being rolled out by the ps4 will allow to play older games anyway so its not like you wont get to play the older games anyway. 

Dresden05
Dresden05

@neowarrior121 @gamingnerd121 The only problem I have with the streaming service is the same one I have with PS Store.

I have a physical Copy of all FF but am unable to play it on the PS3, but Sony wants £18 for each game for me to play it on the PS3 (I'm assuming PS4 as well) as a digital copy. Why should I pay twice for a game I already own. 

alex_drum
alex_drum

@Dresden05 @neowarrior121 @gamingnerd121same reason why you have to buy a DVD if you buy a DVD player and no longer own a VCR player.  No one forced you to sell your VCR player... If you wanted to watch your old tapes, you should have kept your old machine.  I dont get why people sold their ps3s and then complain that they can't play their games... WELL DONT SELL YOUR PS3! Old windows games dont work on windows 8.  If you really want to play old games you can use an emulator.  There are tons of examples of old things not being compatible with new things.