Gaikai streaming wasn’t mentioned in Sony’s Gamescom Press Conference last month, but Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s CEO Jim Ryan has detailed out the launch plans for the service. As mentioned at E3, Gaikai will first launch in North America in 2014 for the PS4, before heading to the PS Vita and then the PS3.
In an interview with Edge Online, Ryan clarified why Gaikai wasn’t mentioned at Gamescom:
Yeah sure and I’ll tell you why is wasn’t touched upon last night. 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.
Before a European launch, Sony is working on addressing the poor broadband speeds in Europe, but as there is no timeline “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,” says Ryan.
Sony is looking to partner with ISPs across Europe to address the broadband issue, including strategic partnerships with European broadband companies including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Virgin Media and Ono.