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Sony's Gaikai Library Opens in 2014 for North America

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September 19, 2013

Sony's Gaikai Library Opens in 2014 for North America

By Steve Anderson
Contributing TMCnet Writer

The Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, and a new development has arrived for PlayStation 4 fans wondering when the PlayStation 3 games would be made available via Sony's recently-acquired Gaikai service. Something like a launch date has arrived, and the date in question is set to arrive in 2014.

The report came from a roundtable interview with Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, who described some of the circumstances around the upcoming launch. Said launch will be gradual in nature at last report, and the further into 2014 we get, the more games will arrive. Yoshida noted that users were going to want a “good selection” of titles right up front—much like Netflix—so the plan is to get a good amount of games ready to go from launch and add gradually to the total count, again, much like Netflix. Better yet, according to the interview, the titles available in the Gaikai service will not only be accessible through PlayStation 4, but also through the PlayStation Vita and the new Vita TV system. More specific information about launch dates was as yet unavailable, and the European launch data is best described so far as sometime after the North American launch.

It's a good move for Sony, and one of those things that are best described as a ‘better sooner than later’ release. The closer that Sony can get the Gaikai launch to the actual PlayStation 4 launch, the better position overall Sony will have in the next round of the console wars. It's an incredible slice of value to add to the proceedings when Sony can offer a good brace of games through Gaikai along with its next-generation launch titles; that makes for a huge amount of titles available in total, and makes some who might not have ordinarily picked up a PlayStation 4 consider doing so. Sony has already been riding high on a terrific appearance at E3 that forced Microsoft (News - Alert) to play catch-up, and the better a job that Sony can do to build on that opening, the better job it's likely to do overall.

While there are some specifics outstanding that really need to be addressed in order to get a full idea of just how useful this service really is, and just what kind of impact it's likely to have on PlayStation 4 sales, it's a great starting point. The more that Sony can do with Gaikai—alongside its slate of next-gen releases, of course—the better off the gamers involved are, and the more likely other gamers are to jump ship to Sony to get in on the fun.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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