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PS4's Gaikai service confirmed for early 2014 in U.S., Euro release TBA

3 September 2013

The head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has admitted the platform holder is unsure when PlayStation 4’s Gaikai service will be made available in PAL regions.

Chatting with EDGE (via VideoGamer) at Gamescom, Jim Ryan revealed that Gaikai will be rolled out in North America early next year.

“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 firstly to PS4 then PS Vita and then PS3,” said Ryan.

“And so that will happen in 2014 in North America initially.”

The executive blamed the lack of details for Europe on the continent’s broadband issues.

"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.

"We've got a roadmap, there's just a few bumps along the road that need to be ironed out."

Gaikai will be made available in the U.S. “early-ish” 2014, Ryan confirmed, but had “nothing to say” in regards to a PAL release window.

PS4 is scheduled to ship in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29, priced at $399/£349/ respectively.

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