Sony’s Gaikai could stream PlayStation games to PCs and tablets

Gaikai PlayStation 4
Sony is gearing up to release its Gaikai cloud service, which will make it possible to play PS3 games on the new PlayStation 4. The games will be rendered in the cloud and streamed down to the PlayStation 4 console. But the Gaikai service could be used to stream games to many other platforms.

According to Sony’s Shuhei Yosida, the upcoming cloud service could stream PlayStation 4 and PS3 games to TVs, PCs, and tablets — basically anything with a screen and an Internet connection.

Speaking to Japanese publication Dengeki Online, Yoshida said:

“Speaking of the ultimate goal, we would like to deliver PlayStation games to all devices. So we’re considering various things like PC, TVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets. We hope to continue to expand not only to Sony devices, but even to devices other than Sony’s.”

Of course, there are a lot of business aspects to be considered. Sony wouldn’t just blindly stream PlayStation games to any device, since that would most certainly result in loss of sales of their own hardware (such as the PlayStation 4).

Sony is currently working on the Gaikai cloud service, which is planned for a 2014 release on the PlayStation 4.

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  • disqus_uRC8Xsukxd

    So am I able to say play GTA 5 on my PS4 or the last of us and get rid of the PS3 to make room or do I need to keep my PS3?

    • jfelts

      I too would like to know this. And streaming Blue Ray discs has got to be taxing, I wonder what kind of lag we will be looking at.

      • bizzy gie

        Probably not very much at all depending on your location.

  • jfelts

    I wonder if we do this sort of like how we do the $10 upgrade for ps3 games to ps4. Maybe just leave the ps3 disc in the ps4 and then Gaiko recognizes it and starts streaming? If so, I don’t really see the $10 upgrade option at that point being very beneficial. Although it would allow for better graphics. I guess it would depend on the title.

  • Nintendofreak

    why they put a pc game to show u can stream im to pc

  • bizzy gie

    I assume Sony will tie the feature to PSN accounts.

    That would make the most sense.

    This is incredibly awesome and opens up so many possibilities for mobile console gaming.

  • John Andalora

    Noticed the word “could” quite a lot. Let me know when that changes to “will.” Then I’ll get excited.

    • Fweds

      I think that will change to will when we also get the
      2GB ISP connections Sony use for their demos, probably in about 10 years time.

  • sd

    Hopefully it doesn’t damage their hardware sales if they do this. Also I wonder what their time frame for this idea is. Definitely a great idea. Might even push me into PC gaming if I can stream Sony games on a PC.

  • DelsinRowe

    I love the innovation coming out of Sony. Giving the players more freedom and options is always a good thing. Can’t wait for November.

  • NextChannelGames

    Huh that sounds awesome! but well it have every PlayStation game on there?