Gaikai streaming coming to the PS4…but not for you

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The ‘Cloud’ seems to be everyone’s favourite buzzword at the moment. Xbox has done a lot to promote the “power” of their cloud, but PlayStation hasn’t quite been so chest-thumpey about their own cloud-based service, Gaikai. In the near future, you’ll be able to stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and even PlayStation 3 games to the next-generation PlayStation 4. Unless you live in Europe.

Speaking to Edge, SCEE President and CEO Jim Ryan explained the lack of a Gamescom announcement about the PlayStation 4’s own cloud.

 

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.

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. So 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.

So, if Europe’s internet is throwing a spanner in the works, how will South African broadband stand up? With average speeds of 20Mbps in the EU compared with our average of 4Mbps, will South Africa get to take advantage of the hyped up cloud power?  Well, Probably not.
 
I must say, this has been my concern with a lot of the cool features we’ve been seeing – multiplayer, fantastic worlds and all the rest are looking great with new technology. However, line speeds here are slower than the rest of the world – not sure how happy I’ll be playing The Division or TitanFall when lag gets me killed.

Last Updated: September 3, 2013

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