Gaikai, Sony's streaming service for the PlayStation 4 that will purportedly feature access to older PlayStation games, has been set for an early 2014 release in North America. However, Sony has reported that they can't say the same about a Europe release window.
Jim Ryan, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, told Edge that Sony was having difficulty with the high-speed broadband availability in Europe. "Now, and I touched upon these issues of broadband in Europe during the [Gamescom 2013] presentation," he said. "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."
Ryan also said this was one reason why Sony didn't discuss Gaikai in greater detail at gamescom. "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," he explained. "We've got a roadmap, there's just a few bumps along the road that need to be ironed out."
Ryan did, however, mention at Sony's press conference at gamescom 2013 that the company was in the process of creating partnerships with various European internet service providers to provide uninterrupted bandwidth to PlayStation users.
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