Looks like you'll have to wait a bit before Gaikai becomes functional on the PlayStation 4.

According to what "trusted sources" told Eurogamer , game streaming on PS4 powered by Gaikai will launch in Q3 2014 in North America, with a European release slated for some time in 2015.

Developers have been briefed on Gaikai and evidently, some have even been asked to participate in a beta for the cloud service, which will begin early next year. Streaming should come to the PS4 first and then will arrive for the PS3 and Vita at a later date. We're not sure which titles might be compatible with the service, but Sony has promised a catalog of "critically acclaimed" games. SCE president Andrew House says they intend to really push Gaikai:

"We think there's a great opportunity to broaden the market, because you essentially remove the need to make the console purchase in order to have access to that experience. It may sound counter-intuitive, because, aren't you replacing a business that is your bread and butter? But part of being an innovative company is being a pioneer in new forms of distribution of content, and we would like to be there first and take a leadership role."

Sony picked up Gaikai in mid-2012 for $380 million. Here's hoping it turns out to be a lucrative investment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Uh oh, so only special games will work. That's what I was afeared of. I wanted to be able to play all my PS1 and PS2 games so I could put the PS2 away. I've got too many consoles out as it is.

Karosso
Karosso
8 years ago

PS4 games on my PS3?
To be honest one of the biggest obstacle for me related to the PS4 is lack of backwards compatibility with PS3.
I have such a backlog of games, it makes my PS3 too valuable to let go, and convincing the wife we need a second console in the house it's a hard sale…
Hope this works well, might be the push I need, if I don't have to repurchase my games of course.

Boyo
Boyo
8 years ago

I couldn't agree more, I'm in exactly the same boat! Why can't wives be more understanding! Haha!!

PlatformGamerNZ
PlatformGamerNZ
8 years ago

well heres hoping we will still get future console cycles ps5/ps6/ps7 or how ever many there will come out in the future i hope this coud stuff won't kill off consoles.

happy gaming =)

___________
___________
8 years ago

your a little late to the party andrew, cloud gaming services started launching YEARS ago!
kinda ironic considering the exact company they are using is already pretty old.

really looking forward to see whats done with this, but thats also my worries.
IF $ony could bring EVERY SINGLE playstation game to date, be it ps1, ps2, PSP, ps3, vita, to whichever device you own, and at a resonable cost, and it works flawlessly, than it will be amazing!
but that aint gonna happen.
i can see this being for a VERY select few set of games, cost will be a issue, and how well it works a bigger issue.
i just hope when it does launch they have enough titles available, and enough variation in those titles, to make it worth looking into.
and hopefully the more lost rare titles dont end up abandoned because of licensing deals.
so many ps1 gems out there which we never ever see because of licencing and legal mumbo jumbo.

Masszt3r
Masszt3r
8 years ago

It really isn't surprising that a catalog "critically acclaimed titles" will come. People can't really expect to have every single game from three previous generations be available, especially for a service that's rather new to the Playstation brand.

I do hope they bring some Dino Crisis and let the prehistoric fun being! Oh, and Soul Reaver.

Palmetto
Palmetto
8 years ago

Wonder how this will affect me due to my ISP's Bandwidth Cap.

wiiplay
wiiplay
8 years ago

Sony isn't a pioneer with cloud gaming, OnLive is.
Sony essentially took the entire OnLive platform, and Sonyfied it. While I am in no way complaining, I do hate seeing OnLive go the way of the dinosaur here. I also dislike the way Sony is falsely banging their chests, claiming to be a pioneer when they are not.

I do hope Sony makes good use of this technology. Would really love go see them go beyond what OnLive currently does. Still though, based on what I am currently seeing, Sony has yet to pioneer anything in regards to cloud gaming services.