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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

124 Comments

  1. OVG

    September 3, 2013 at 13:05

    Exactly.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

      September 3, 2013 at 13:07

      LOL, thought you would be first to comment on anything cloud related.

      Reply

      • OVG

        September 3, 2013 at 13:15

        Why do you think I have been hating on these next gen consoles for the last year. Anybody can see that we are going to be paying an arm and a leg for shit we cant use… OR DO NOT WANT TO USE Kinect 2 my bum.

        But I am happy with SONY trying to please as many countries as possible considering SONY owns Europe, Asia and Africa.

        The ONE is for the ONE country that rules the world and noONE else. ELITIST shit.

        80million 360s sold but they only want the 48million who have LIVE. More money MADE THRU SERVICES and not gamers.

        Either way I really am not interested in the next gen until I am satisfied that the REPEAT of the first 3 years of this CLUSTER FUCK 7th generation is out of the way.

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        • Sageville

          September 3, 2013 at 13:33

          I bet OVG sets his keyboard up so that Caps Lock is on at start-up.

          Reply

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:36

            My keyboard can detect the pressure of my presses and set CAPS on when I am in a RAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!!
            I work in advertising.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 13:39

            So it’s the cocaine talking? ;P

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:44

            Spray glue 😛

        • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

          September 3, 2013 at 13:44

          Zigactly, you are ferpectly right

          Reply

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:47

            You know it. Also, I go back on my word. It was the first footage of the next gen that got me excited. I even posted that the better version between the Infinite and The PS4 would be my deciding factor on what console to get.

            SO… Lets wait and see if The Witcher 3 looks better on the PS4.

            GAMES people, not SERVICES.

          • Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

            September 3, 2013 at 14:07

            have my like, Kind Sir

        • trfe

          September 4, 2013 at 05:41

          Then wait man. No one is forcing you to upgrade. They’ll support both gens for a couple of years at least.

          Reply

  2. ALKi1234

    September 3, 2013 at 13:07

    Thus i’m immigrating to the US next year. No jokes!

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 3, 2013 at 13:45

      Dude… not the US. Rather emigrate to Canada. If you stay in Vancouver, you can go visit the yanks in Seattle over the weekends (it’s a short drive across the border)… but the US itself isn’t a step up from South Africa, especially not middle America. Seriously, some parts of middle America is like Upington.

      I KEED YOU NOT!

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      • OVG

        September 3, 2013 at 14:06

        RULE CANADA. They highest standard of living in the world. GREAT place… but one does have to drive miles to get anywhere.

        Imagine Pick n Pay but you have to drive from the Frozen section to the Clothing section.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 3, 2013 at 14:29

          And the snow… don’t forget the winters. A man is only a man, when he feels the freezing burn of -30 degrees on his balls. Glorious stuff!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 14:31

            I’m guessing tea bagging is not an issue in Canada

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:36

            Yeah, but it’s more like frozen nads to the face…. berry bagging? pebble bagging?

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:32

            Thanks to the Snow, all Canadians have their own mini pub games man cave in the basement. I spent all my time in the basement when I went over there in the summer lol.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:35

            DUDE! I’d go back! It’s truly a different world.

          • Brian Murphy

            September 3, 2013 at 14:48

            Yeah, and we survive it because we have a pair of those balls, James. Try growing a set yourself.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 4, 2013 at 13:56

            Hehehe, I can’t, my balls are made out of perspex.

          • ALKi1234

            September 3, 2013 at 18:04

            Whahahah something tells me your speaking out of experience?Tornado’s freak me OUT,that’s what’s got me worried going over there. Thanks for the heads up,i’ll have a look into it.

          • Brian Murphy

            September 3, 2013 at 18:15

            Not many Tornado’s in the Northeast, where Jim is discussing colder weather (Though, it should be mentioned the past 2 winters have been historically warm). Haven’t had a Tornado in my area in my lifetime, though NY or NJ ‘may’ have had one during Hurricane Irene or Sandy.

            Tornado zones are the southern half of the eastern seaboard, extending westward to Texas. But, they’re extremely rare in the northeast.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          September 3, 2013 at 14:31

          seriously?

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:34

            Seriously! And when winter descends, and it’s constantly dark (you get about 3 hours sunshine – on a good day), there’s always the SNOW! Hahahaha! I love the northern hemisphere.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 14:38

            wow! I wanna go there man! I remember in england at 3pm was dark in winter!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:40

            Do it! 😀 I came back craving bacon and sunlight… :/ Oddly same thing happened when I was in Sweden.

            Not really sure, why I would crave bacon….

          • Brian Murphy

            September 3, 2013 at 18:08

            So…..you’re saying the entire Northern Hemisphere gets about 3 hours of sunshine on a good day? I sincerely hope you’re joking, or asking your teachers why they failed you so badly.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 4, 2013 at 13:55

            In Africa we’re only taught: One Banana, Two Bananas, Three Bananas, NO MONEY FOR Four!. It’s like how Africa is a country and New Zealand is a province of Australia. Of COURSE, the whole of Northern Hemisphere doesn’t just get 3 hours of sunshine “on a good day”….

            Sigh Brian…. just sigh!

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          September 3, 2013 at 14:40

          You forgot to mention they have one of the highest suicides in the first world… Because it’s SO FUCKING COLD…

          Reply

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:40

            Party pooper

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:41

            Pfffttt… it’s the natural way. Wheat out the weak of mind! 😛 Yeah, but I have to admit though, lack of sunshine changes a man… :/

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:44

            Just set wait time to 12hours or sleep in an inn.

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 14:45

            Wheat out? What sorcery is this?!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 14:58

        dial up in 2013!!!

        Reply

      • iPrimal

        September 4, 2013 at 05:52

        I agree. I live in the U.S., and I’d recommend Canada. I actually live in Missouri (midwest), and there are still places where dial up is impossible. You have to get satellite internet, and it has data caps… oh those pesky data caps. I have dsl. So it’s not so bad.

        Reply

      • ALKi1234

        September 10, 2013 at 12:22

        Yo jim….you know of a decent travel agency?

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    September 3, 2013 at 13:08

    I can just imagine the trolls running to comment
    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/a3Y7vOr_460sa.gif

    Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      September 3, 2013 at 13:10

      mmmm, rocky horror – tim curry is a genius!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        September 3, 2013 at 13:12

        He is fabulous. Can’t believe I was still in Primary school when I first saw it. My poor brain couldn’t make sense of most of it at the time but now….. *shudders*

        Reply

        • RinceThisandCochon!

          September 3, 2013 at 13:55

          Watched the show at the Fugard 2 weeks ago, man it was so much awesome!

          Reply

          • Mossel

            September 3, 2013 at 14:18

            Me as well! Dare I mention the bj scene?!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 14:28

            Haha! Well, when it was first out in ’73 they wanted to shock the audience, we are all so desensitised they had to add that to the scene to try and come close to the same feeling. I think ol Frank’N’Furter at the Fugard was brilliant!

          • Mossel

            September 3, 2013 at 14:52

            It was insanely funny! In front of me there was a girl who came to watch it with her dad… needles to say, during that particular scene, everyone laughed except them… totes awks.

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 14:56

            Awesome! Did you get the party packs? So much fun. Going to see it again me thinks

          • Mossel

            September 3, 2013 at 15:58

            Yup! Got the packs! Was great fun, might actually go see it again as well. Heard Madame Zingara is also quite insane.

      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 3, 2013 at 13:17

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 13:20

        I know thank you so much!!!

        Reply

    • JHN

      September 3, 2013 at 13:11

      Hell that made me laugh

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 3, 2013 at 13:13

      Can you sense the antici… *waits for it*

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        September 3, 2013 at 13:15

        LOL you wanted it

        Reply

      • RinceThisandCochon!

        September 3, 2013 at 13:56

        Oi! My material, MINE!

        Reply

        • OVG

          September 3, 2013 at 13:56

          Le Sigh…

          Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 3, 2013 at 14:06

          You snooze you lose 😛

          Reply

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 14:09

            I used it LAST week 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 3, 2013 at 14:29

            Yes, and I gave you the perfect opportunity to use it but nooooooooo & then the hammer swooped in & stole your thunder. ;P

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 14:39

            Damn you @hammersteyn:disqus!

    • OVG

      September 3, 2013 at 13:25

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Reply

    • Yateen Dayaram

      September 3, 2013 at 13:53

      hahahaa what a tranny troll! watch out here they come!!!

      Reply

    • RinceThisandCochon!

      September 3, 2013 at 13:55

      Good man. You have learnt from my Rocky gifs of late!

      Reply

  4. JHN

    September 3, 2013 at 13:12

    I heard a while ago that Zimbabwe’s speed is faster than ours, we should be ashamed.

    Reply

    • OVG

      September 3, 2013 at 13:18

      They also have our electricity.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        September 3, 2013 at 13:18

        And our drinking water…. for FREE

        Reply

        • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

          September 3, 2013 at 13:19

          Well, we have their people 😛

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 13:19

            Bwahahahaha

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:20

            bwahahaha

          • Sageville

            September 3, 2013 at 13:34

            Dood, that was win!

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 13:56

            HAHAHAHAHAH!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 3, 2013 at 14:32

            HAHAHAHA!

        • JHN

          September 3, 2013 at 13:19

          and our jobs

          Reply

        • JHN

          September 3, 2013 at 13:19

          and pieces of our rhinos

          Reply

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            September 3, 2013 at 13:20

            don’t worry, we’ll have their economy, soon. 😉

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 13:21

            What economy? There’s not much left.

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:22

            THEY HAVE 499999999 ZIM Dollar in the Federal reserve… For 1 loaf of bread.

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:23

            Jealousy makes us nasty 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 13:26

            Damn it’s nice to have you back.

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:29

            cheers bud 😉

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:21

            Then we can play on their CLOUDS. WIN.

          • JHN

            September 3, 2013 at 13:22

            Wait what….

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:24

            I got carried away…

        • OVG

          September 3, 2013 at 13:20

          and jobs 😛

          Reply

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 3, 2013 at 13:12

    I don’t mind if the cloud has to buffer for a while…

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 3, 2013 at 13:18

      You should do marketing for MS

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 13:19

        would make millions!

        Reply

    • PsiCoRe

      September 3, 2013 at 13:19

      I’d prefer to buffer that personally.

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 3, 2013 at 13:19

      I can’t… take my eyes of them….

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 13:20

        what will your wife say!

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 3, 2013 at 13:45

          She’ll never find out! NEVER! 😛

          Reply

          • RinceThisandCochon!

            September 3, 2013 at 13:57

            Starts typing letter…

      • Hammersteyn

        September 3, 2013 at 13:20

        The clouds isn’t a lie?

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        • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

          September 3, 2013 at 13:39

          Clouds? I don’t see any clouds…

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 14:00

            LOL!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 3, 2013 at 13:18

    The cloud is a lie

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    • OVG

      September 3, 2013 at 13:26

      Its all on a DOME projector anyway. Humans, when will they realise that life is the game.
      SKYRIM is real.

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 3, 2013 at 13:28

        Great graphics, but really could use some form of save function. Heck even a checkpoint system would be better than what we currently have…..

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        • JHN

          September 3, 2013 at 13:30

          How about restart, theres a few moments id restart and do over COUGH COUGH psyco ex’s

          Reply

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:33

            If only we can bring the pendant of MARA over from the transmentional gate.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 3, 2013 at 15:23

            Couldn’t agree more

        • OVG

          September 3, 2013 at 13:31

          But the Dragons are meaner than the ones in SKYRIM.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 3, 2013 at 15:23

            hahahahhahaha

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          September 3, 2013 at 13:34

          suppose that’s the tradeoff – jiggle physics for permadeath

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          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 13:37

            lol

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 3, 2013 at 15:22

            Loooool

  7. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 3, 2013 at 13:26

    Lol. SA doesn’t stand a chance to have the feature launched here.

    Sucky internet is sucky 🙁

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 3, 2013 at 13:40

      We’ll catch up to current internet speeds… in 2034! It’s going to be awesome!

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 3, 2013 at 13:41

        Imagine how cheap the PS4 will be then!

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        • OVG

          September 3, 2013 at 14:28

          lol the PS2 is 12 years old and still being sold at a third of the release price.
          2026 the PS4 will be R1999.

          Time flies.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 14:29

            how old will we be then!!

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:30

            I have a half life as I was made in a test tube. So half a century, but never to old to game.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 14:31

            Ill be than oupa who kicks the kids asses at games!!! 🙂

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:31

            But to old and frail for Kinect 4 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 14:32

            sure they will have robotic implants by then!

          • OVG

            September 3, 2013 at 14:34

            So Hugh Hefner will still be flaunting about with his robotic…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 3, 2013 at 14:34

            indeed! with added length mode for those moments ;P

  8. PsiCoRe

    September 3, 2013 at 13:36

    So? Cloud streaming for backwards compatibility is like using a nuclear reactor to power a lightbulb. Eating chicken skin and throwing away the chicken. Buying a bus so you can drive yourself to work. I could go on. Whatever their reasoning: Laziness, locking users into a service, controlling their content. All of which will undoubtedly give them undeserved profit.

    PsiCoRe does not approve. As mentioned last week, not a fan of the Console community who will ignorantly support this (See link). The Xbox One provides a more logical, efficient advantage to cloud processing. It’s just up to the developers to properly code for it. Why an Xbox 360 can’t benefit from it is anyone’s guess though. Why do console developers re-release their games with each generation when PC/Mac games merely require patches when migrating from PPC to x86 architecture? All of the above indicates that developers are more likely to use this technology as an excuse to screw the customer over instead of benefiting them.

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    • OVG

      September 3, 2013 at 14:42

      hear hear

      Reply

  9. Yateen Dayaram

    September 3, 2013 at 13:50

    good point made in this article, its one of the main reasons why im not jumping on the next gen bandwagon so soon and playing the waiting game to see how things pan out in a few years, so for now I wont be getting a ps4 and xb1, and staying away from Titanfall (I learnt my lesson with Diablo 3) who knows, give us a few years with this generation of consoles and maybe our broadband will be a lot better to handle all this cloudiness to its full potential but not so right now…

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    • OVG

      September 3, 2013 at 14:26

      hear hear

      Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 14:29

      we have the potential just telkom doesnt want to use it…. You see they keep other companies from coming in thus no competetion thus we have to pay their price… I am not sure about this but Botswana has better internet than us. I mean if thats the case then we got alot to learn…

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      • Her Highness the Hipster

        September 3, 2013 at 15:34

        very true – plus, building infrastructure is a nightmare. I’m stuck with iBurst despite living in a fancy shmancy area because i’m in a small area that isn’t covered by anything else! when I asked when they might be able to get me a telkom line, i was told not to expect anything for at least the next year. gee, thanks

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      • Yateen Dayaram

        September 3, 2013 at 19:36

        I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Botswana.. way to go Botsies! (I just made up that word now)

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  10. Drizzt

    September 3, 2013 at 15:02

    Oh my.

    Well I suppose Sony have a product for people who want to play offline. It’s called a PS4.

    Reply

  11. Brian Murphy

    September 3, 2013 at 15:33

    No one should be surprised, neither service was going to be ready for launch. It takes time to put these things into place, regardless of the infrastructure they have to work with. Gaikai’s actually already out there, the problem is it’s based off Nvidia GPU’s (Kepler), and with the AMD heavy hardware, it’ll take some tweaking to iron out.

    Beyond that, at least Sony’s being honest here. They’re straight up telling you that certain places throughout the world, won’t be able to utilize it. That should tell everyone something, especially those fawning over the as yet to be set up, cloud network for Microsoft.

    If Sony’s system, that’s already largely in place, won’t be available due to broadband issues, exactly what does that mean for Microsofts? Maybe next gen, or next next gen, will the cloud play any significant role in computation for gaming. But certainly not this gen.

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  12. Rock789

    September 3, 2013 at 15:34

    Lag… Destroyer of Worlds and Killer of Champions!

    Damn you Lag… Damn you!!

    **view of the world from space** “LAAAAAAAGGGGGGG!!!!!”

    Reply

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