Gaikai on PlayStation 4’s Launch Window Uncertain in Europe

Remember when Sony acquired Gaikai and everyone believed that the PlayStation 4 may have some awesome gaming streaming service? Well at E3 Sony announced just that, using Gaikai’s technology PlayStation 4 owners will be able to stream PlayStation 3 content to the PlayStation 4 then followed by the PS Vita, then eventually PlayStation 3. That may not be the case for those of us in Europe though, thanks to Sony’s concerns over what I presume is our terrible Broadband service.

Speaking with Edge last week SCEE president and CEO Jim Ryan explained that their plan is to launch Gaikai’s service in North America next year with the service eventually rolling out across all platforms. He also spoke about the launch in Europe explaining that “Europe is of course on the roadmap for that service to be deployed at some point in the future, but for reasons outside of our control we don’t yet have a timeline for it.”

He also explained that this is the reason why Sony didn’t expand more on Gaikai’s service at Gamescom last month. “At a show which is now pretty global in its reach but primarily aimed at a European audience, we didn’t really want to start talking about the virtues of this great cloud-based service without knowing exactly when it’ll come to Europe. We’ve got a roadmap, there’s just a few bumps along the road that need to be ironed out.”

So for now, what we know about Gaikai is that North America will get the service initially some time during “early-ish” next year, as for Europe, Sony have nothing to announce right now.

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