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“Trusted sources” have told Eurogamer that game streaming on PlayStation 4 powered by Gaikai will launch in Q3 2014, with a European launch slated for sometime in 2015. Developers have already been briefed on Gaikai, the report claims, and some have been asked to participate in a beta for the cloud service said to begin in 2014.
Sony has confirmed only that Gaikai will launch for PS4 sometime during 2014 in North America. The service will roll out first on PS4, before coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later. Sony has remained largely quiet on what users can expect from the service, saying only that it will allow players immediate access to a catalog of “critically acclaimed” titles.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House reaffirmed that Gaikai is on track to launch in North America in 2014. “That remains the plan and we’re very much on track to reach that,” he said.
House explained that while the plan for Gaikai is first to get the technology up and running on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, the “endgame” is to have the service available on a “multitude of network-connected devices,” including those not naturally capable of doing that.
“We think there’s a great opportunity to broaden the market, because you essentially remove the need to make the console purchase in order to have access to that experience,” House said. “It may sound counter-intuitive, because, aren’t you replacing a business that is your bread and butter? But part of being an innovative company is being a pioneer in new forms of distribution of content, and we would like to be there first and take a leadership role.”
Microsoft has also suggested backwards compatibility though streaming could be on the way for the Xbox One. Director of product planning Albert Penello said in September that the Xbox One’s cloud servers could be used to stream full games.
“It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box,” he said at the time. “We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”
According to data from Gfk Chart-Track, the PlayStation 4 is now the fastest-selling console ever in United Kingdom history, ending the PSP’s eight-year record and passing the launch-week sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox One.
Chart-Track’s “weeks” end on Saturdays, meaning the sales data for the PS4 and Xbox One–which went on sale on Fridays–only accounts for units sold in a 48-hour period.
Specific PS4 unit sales figures for the UK were not provided, though trade site MCV reports that Sony sold more than 250,000 PS4 units during the system’s first 48 hours on sale, generating roughly £87 million during the period. This compares to an estimated 150,000 Xbox One units sold during that platform’s first 48 hours in the UK.
The PlayStation Network struggled to stay online following the PS4′s launch in the UK on Friday. Sony even temporarily disabled the option to redeem vouchers through the PSN in an effort to ensure a smoother experience.
Call of Duty: Ghosts returned to the top-selling spot in the UK software charts for the week, outperforming FIFA 14, which claimed the second spot. Battlefield 4 held the number three position, ahead of PS4-exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall at number four, while Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag took the fifth spot.
Update: Sony has temporarily disabled the option to redeem vouchers through PlayStation Network in a bid to ensure a smoother service.
“To minimise the inconvenience we have suspended the ‘redeem voucher’ functionality whilst we investigate further. Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation Plus vouchers, PS3-PS4 upgrade vouchers and any other vouchers for digital content are not redeemable at this stage,” said Sony. “Other PSN features such as log-in, online multi-player gaming, PlayStation Plus trial, PS Store (excluding voucher redemption), trophies, messages, friends etc. are all available.”
Original story: PlayStation Network in Europe has collapsed under the weight of users attempting to connect their new PlayStation 4 consoles to the service, following the launch of the machine in the region today.
The service is struggling to cope with the traffic generated by the amount of people returning home from a day at work/school armed with the new console. The same thing happened when the machine launched in the US earlier this month.
“We are aware some users are experiencing issues logging into PSN on PS4 due to the heavy traffic we are receiving, we’re investigating,” said Sony on the PlayStation Europe Twitter account.
“Thanks for your patience.”
Sony attempted to lessen the potential outages yesterday by disabling the What’s New and Content Information screens on PlayStation Network in Europe, but Twitter and the Sony forums are currently awash with tales of people unable to connect.
One of the main things people will be looking for is the initial update for the PlayStation 4, which enables many of the machine’s services and features. Anyone looking to manually install the machine’s day one update can do from Sony’s site, provided they have some USB storage handy.
The 1.51 update weighs in at 308mb, so any stick made in the 21st century should suffice.
Lead Designer Eric Boltjes discusses the challenges in readying Killzone: Shadow Fall in time for the PlayStation 4 launch, changes in art direction due to technological advances, and future DLC plans.
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Next month the 3DS will be getting a system update as well that will see the handheld get YouTube, the Miiverse, and a means of combining the 3DS funds with the Wii U's. To link the accounts, a gamer would just have to sign in both platforms with the …
Xbox One users hoping to play music from a USB stick are out of luck. Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter last night that this functionality will not be available when the system is released on Friday. “Not at launch,” he said. It is possible that music playback from a USB stick could be added later, but Penello did not say one way or the other.
The Xbox One is DLNA compatible and will play CDs on launch day. However, like the PlayStation 4, users will not be able to store or play MP3s on the system at launch.
Xbox One owners will be able to purchase a subscription to Xbox Music to access streaming content through the console. What’s more, the Xbox One can stream content through supported Windows devices using the Play To service.
The Xbox One launches this Friday, November 22 in 13 territories across the world. GameSpot’s video coverage of the system continues tonight at 9 p.m. PDT with a demonstration of the hardware and user interface.