A report by Eurogamer suggests that Gaikai might be coming to North America in the third quarter of 2014, and to Europe in 2015. A beta test will begin in early 2014, which fits in line with what Andrew House said about possibly operating Gaikai “as a beta test” in the beginning.
Gaikai is a cloud-based gaming service that allows users to play high-end PC and console video games rendered on remote servers via internet streaming.
The company announced many partners using the technology from 2010 through 2012 including game publishers, web portals, retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers. It was purchased by Sony in July 2012, who had plans of establishing their own cloud based gaming service.
Sony was quick to make clear that Gaikai would be coming to North America in 2014, but there was no such assurance for Europe or Canada, however, Andrew House had the following to say on the topic:
I really can’t be specific on the European roll-out. It’s a brand new form of delivery. We need to prove out the technology, which we feel is good at its core, but we place – as I think is quite right – a real emphasis on delivering a quality experience for consumers. And that will be dependent to a degree on what the strength of broadband connection is going to be, and what our server deployment and infrastructure looks like.
We’re hard at work on all of those fronts, but I’m not at a point right now where I can be specific about when our European fans are going to be able to enjoy that.