Despite the fact that the PS4 is now available in both North America and Europe, it looks like fans will have to wait a while to use Gaikai. According to Eurogamer, the PS4's streaming service 'will enter beta early next year', with the full service being available for everyone in North America in 'Q3 2014', while Europe will have to wait until 2015.
"Eurogamer has heard from trusted sources that the company has already briefed developers on Gaikai, the streaming tech it forked out a whopping $300 million for last year - and some are being asked to take part in its early 2014 beta. We hear the full service will roll out in Q3 2014 in North America, then, later that year, SCEI gets its turn. Europe? We've heard we won't get the full Gaikai service until 2015," said Eurogamer.
When asked about a 2015 release date for Europe, Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, told Eurogamer "We're on track to have a commercial service up and running in the US first within 2014. That remains the plan and we're very much on track to reach that," said House. "I really can't be specific on the European roll-out. It's a brand new form of delivery. We need to prove out the technology, which we feel is good at its core, but we place - as I think is quite right - a real emphasis on delivering a quality experience for consumers. And that will be dependent to a degree on what the strength of broadband connection is going to be, and what our server deployment and infrastructure looks like."
"We're hard at work on all of those fronts, but I'm not at a point right now where I can be specific about when our European fans are going to be able to enjoy that."
Gaikai will allow players to stream a select library of PS3, PS2, and PS1 games, which can be acessed via PS4, PS Vita and PS Vita TV.