In July of last year Sony Computer Entertainment acquired cloud-based gaming service Gaikai for a sum of $380 million. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the service, it’s very good news.
If you recall in the PS4 reveal back in February of this year, David Perry CEO of Gaikai came on stage to speak about what they will bring to PS4. As you all know the new PlayStation is not backwards compatible, but through Gaikai’s streaming service, the plan is to have the ability to play PS3 games through the cloud and also allow for access to instant demos.
Perry said on stage that he will bring the ‘worlds fastest gaming network‘ and seeing as Gaikai is known for its super fast cloud service, it’s a very promising feature.
On September 3rd in an interview with Edge, SCEE president and CEO Jim Ryan stated that whilst the service is expected to launch in North America in early 2014, he expects there to be a delay for the arrival of the service in Europe.
“So 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.”
Ryan said this was the biggest factor that formed his decision not to speak about the service at Gamescom. He didn’t want to discuss a feature that a launch window was not clear on.
Now whilst the wait is not ideal, the fact that we will have the ability to play our favourite games from the PS3 is no doubt yet another great feature to the console.