Yoshida: Gaikai could stream to PCs, tablets, and smartphones

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says "ultimate goal" is to use Gaikai technology to deliver PlayStation games to "all devices."


Sony's Gaikai technology could be used one day to stream PlayStation games to devices like PCs, tablets, and smartphones, according to Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

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"Speaking of the ultimate goal, we would like to deliver PlayStation games to all devices," Yoshida told Dengeki Online (translated by DualShockers). "So we're considering various things like PC, TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and tablets. We hope to continue to expand not only to Sony devices, but even to devices other than Sony's. This is still being studied."

Sony acquired Gaikai in June 2012 for $380 million. During Sony's E3 2013 media briefing this summer, the company announced that the cloud-gaming technology would roll out in 2014 beginning on the PlayStation 4, before arriving later on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

According to Yoshida, Sony's investment in cloud-gaming highlights the company's ambition to evolve PlayStation over time from a hardware platform alone to more of a service.

"We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to something closer to a service, regardless of the device," Yoshida said. "Of course, PlayStation will still be the center, but I think we would like to expand to different things."

The PlayStation 4 launches on November 15 in North America for $400.

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