Speaking as part of a roundtable interview at the Tokyo Game Show overnight, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida reiterated that the platform holder will launch its Gaikai game streaming service in North America next year. According to IGN, the cloud-based initiative will deploy alongside a catalogue of PlayStation 3 games, which will expand over time.
The likeable executive – fresh from showcasing the PlayStation 4’s mobile application during the Japanese giant’s somewhat bland keynote – stated that users will want a good roster of software to browse through, so it’s imperative that the service launches with a large selection of games. Those titles will be playable via the company’s next generation console, as well as the PlayStation Vita and PS Vita TV.
Despite attaching an early 2014 date to the initiative in North America, firm European plans remain hazy. Earlier in the year, SCEE president Jim Ryan explained that broadband issues may hinder the rollout overseas. “Europe is of course on the roadmap for the 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,” he said.
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