UK broadband speeds could delay PS4 Gaikai streaming service

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PlayStation 4’s backwards compatibility streaming service Gaikai could face some issues with the UK’s broadband speeds. The service, which was acquired by Sony in 2011 allows gamers to stream games from the PlayStation 3 back catalogue on to their PlayStation 4. This was a welcome addition to many gamers as several titles, such as Naughty Dogs epic The Last of Us, are still being played by many.

President and CEO Jim Ryan, speaking to Edge said,

“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 to firstly PS4 then PS Vita and then PS3,” he explained.

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

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

Those bumps will probably be the ridiculously poor internet speeds we have in the UK. Compared to the US, we’re a little behind when it comes to broadband. Clearly from Ryan’s statement it’s still going to happen, but when? Surely there’s going to be enough new games to keep us busy while the service finds its feet.

 
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