In a roundtable interview at TGS, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida revealed Sony’s plan for Gaikai’s launch, the cloud streaming service that will provide consumers with the ability to play PS3 games through the cloud. Gaikai is set to launch sometime next year in North America, with only a select number of titles available in the first day. Yoshida compared Gaikai’s service to something like Netflix, and Sony understands that users will want a healthy selection of games to access. The service will be compatible with the PS Vita, and PS4. When asked about the launch date for Europe, Yoshida had no specific time frame to share.
Gaikai was first revealed at Sony’s PS4 conference back in February. The company was bought by Sony for around $300 million last year, during a time where Sony was suffering from immense financial loss. The service was, and still is promised to be the answer to the absence of backwards compatibility on the PS4.
Current streaming options such as OnLive have failed to deliver a smooth and lag free experience for consumers. But with the hefty sum that came with Gaikai’s purchase, it seems Sony has every intent to end the negative trend.
The PS4 is launching on November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.