According to Sony President Andrew House, Gaikai could be coming to more than just the PlayStation 4.
In a recent interview, Sony President Andrew House talked about the upcoming launch of Gaikai streaming on the PlayStation 4 and how it could eventually come to other devices as well.
When questioned about the upcoming debut of the Gaikai cloud gaming service, which will allow PlayStation 4 users to purchase and play older PlayStation games through the cloud, House said that it’s still on track for a 2014 release though he couldn’t provide a more specific timeframe:
"We’re still on track for a 2014 launch of the commercial service. It’s a brand new proposition: we’re pioneering a different way to experience games, i.e. server-delivered from the cloud. And we’re taking a very gradual, step-by-step approach because, first and foremost, we want to ensure that it’s a good experience for consumers.”
House then offered a little more insight into what exactly Gaikai will offer, saying it isn’t so much an alternative to backwards compatibility as it is a way to broaden the availability of older PlayStation games to other devices such as the PlayStation Vita and even beyond that if the service is a success:
"I’m not sure I look at it as backwards-compatibility; I look at it as a different way to offer PlayStation 3 gaming experiences – eventually to a much broader range of devices. So it starts with PlayStation 4, then it’s possible on PlayStation Vita, but eventually it will move out to things like smart TVs and other connected boxes."
This new info is certainly an exciting prospect for more die-hard Sony fans but even those who may not have been totally happy with the Vita purchases may soon find a whole bunch of new reasons to love their handheld (imagine being able to play games like The Last of Us or God of War: Ascension on the go). We still have a fair amount of time to wait through before Gaikai officially kicks off but if it manages to live up to what House describes, it sounds like Sony will be making some serious waves in 2014.