Gaikai, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service that will help bring PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles to the PlayStation 4, will launch in North America Q3 2014, Eurogamer reports.
Eurogamer cites “trusted sources” who say the service will emerge in full no sooner than Q3 2014 in North America, with a beta kicking off early 2014. According to Eurogamer’s sources, European PS4 owners won’t get access to Gaikai’s services until 2015.
“We’re on track to have a commercial service up and running in the U.S. first within 2014,” Andrew House told Eurogamer when asked about the service. “That remains the plan and we’re very much on track to reach that.”
Sony acquired Gaikai in July 2012 for $380 million. The service is designed to bolster PS Vita remote play on the PS4, allowing users to access their library of games remotely from anywhere, as well as emulate software from previous PlayStation consoles, provide instant access to demos, and contribute to gameplay streaming. Gaikai integration was announced during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting 2013, which was held in New York City earlier this year on February 20.