Since it’s reveal back in February, details of Gaiki have been trickling out slowly. We know that the service will be used to provide the console’s backwards compatibility by providing streaming of titles for Sony’s previous systems (PlayStation’s One, 2 & 3) at some point in 2014. It has now come to light however that the service’s European launch could face delays.
During an interview with EDGE, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President and CEO Jim Ryan explained:
“The plan is to begin with North America next year and the plan is to provide a streaming service that will allow for PS3 content initially to be streamed to firstly PS4 then PS Vita and then PS3.
“And so that will happen in 2014 in North America initially. Now, and I touched upon these issues of broadband in Europe during the presentation – 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.”
Jim Ryan confirmed that these issues are why Sony didn’t discuss Gaikai at its pre-gamescom conference last month.
He went on to explain:
“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.”
Backwards compatibility has been a bit of a sore subject with gamers over the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One reveals earlier this month and Gaiki seems to be the shining light in this equation. More information about the service is likely to be revealed in greater detail post launch in 2014.
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