When the PS4 was announced back in February, Sony also announced its recent acquirement of the game streaming company Gaikai would make its way to the PS4. Since February, the most we heard of the service since was a brief mention at Sony’s E3 press conference until now.
In an interview with Eurogamer, President and Group CEO Andrew House gave some sparse details as to when we can expect to see Gaikai’s service active on the PS4 and even the PS Vita. We're on track to have a commercial service up and running in the US first within 2014," says House, "That remains the plan and we're very much on track to reach that.”
So when can we see Gaikai running on a Vita? Sony hasn’t forgotten about its troubled but wonderful portable device. “Our goal is to be able to have a new form of game distribution streamed from the server side, initially to PS4 consoles then gradually moving that out to Vita,” adding, “the endgame is to have this available on a multitude of network-connected devices, essentially delivering a console-quality gaming experience on devices which are not innately capable of doing that.”
Gaikai allows users the ability to stream older games from the last three generations of PlayStation directly to the PS4 console. This was an important feature to Sony and one that equaled to $300 million on the importance scale. Even when Kaz Harai initiated a large amount of layoffs within Sony, they still managed to spend that much money on a technology that, let’s face it, has yet to surface as a game changer. House and company seem hell-bent on rectifying that and it looks like we’ll see some glimpse of it in the coming months.
Expect more details soon as well as possible launch times in Europe and other countries. Stay tuned here for details.