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Game Streaming on PS4 for U.S. Only in 2014
In an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President Jim Ryan, the PlayStation 4’s much talked about game streaming service will only be available in America in 2014. Here’s how Ryan described the roll out process for the streaming serviced when interviewed by Gamereactor.
“It’s gonna be pretty much a phased approach, and it’s gonna be phased in terms of geography and in terms of how we’ll do it. We’ll launch in North America in 2014. We are working to bring that service to other parts of the world, and most notably Europe, but you know, Europe is… I love Europe… It’s a great place to live and it’s so different… You know, Scandinavia is different to Italy, to France and everything is different to the UK, but that difference makes it great to live there, but it makes it rather difficult to do stuff like introducing a cloud gaming service, because it’s just very fragmented. So there’s a lot of details to work through, and we are in the the process of doing that, but we don’t have a timeline for introduction outside North America.”
Ryan also said that PS3 game streaming will arrive on the PS3 and PS4, then later to the PS Vita. PS4 games are also in consideration, but won’t be available immediately.
Ever since Sony announced their plan to stream PlayStation games through Gaikai, the streaming service has been seen as an exciting feature for the PS4 that helps remedy the system’s lack of backwards compatibility. Judging by Ryan’s statement, the steaming service will eventually reach other non-U.S. regions in a slow, but effective manner. While not an ideal launch, the PlayStation streaming service won’t be completely withheld like the PS4’s online multiplayer feature in unsupported areas.