Sony purchased Gaikai last year with the promise of using its game streaming technologies to the Playstation consoles. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed during a Tokyo Game Show roundtable Thursday that the service will go live for North America in 2014 with PS3 games being made available to the different Playstation platforms.
"We are planning to start serving PS3 games on cloud servers in the States next year for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita – and that means PS Vita TV as well – and expand in regions and content," Yoshida said during the roundtable as quoted by Edge Online. "And as far as content is concerned, the first games that will exist will be PS3 games. We’d like to offer a variety of games, because with video services like Netflix or Hulu, you just want to browse through different movies, watch five minutes and if you’re bored you can move on to something else – and that’s part of the fun. But we have to make sure that the game can work through the internet, so we have to go through certification for each title. So we’ll start with a certain number of titles and gradually expand the library."
Yoshida did not provide a release window for when the game streaming service might be available in Europe.
Also not mentioned is how the streaming service will work. Will it be a subscription service with access to all of the games similar to a Netflix streaming subscription or will titles need to be purchased individually? Will this work with games that PS4, PS3 or PS Vita games have already purchased and how if so?
These are all details that Sony will have to detail out and announce along with a game lineup prior to the streaming service's launch in 2014.
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