Sunday, August 31, 2014
Through The Cloud, Microsoft Says Xbox One Could Be Backwards Compatible “One Day”

Through The Cloud, Microsoft Says Xbox One Could Be Backwards Compatible “One Day”

Through Azure, Microsoft has said that one day, Xbox One may be able to play Xbox 360 games. On the other side of the fence, however, PS4 will be able to stream PS3 games via Sony’s own cloud technology, Gaikai, in early 2014.

Speaking to Gamespot at PAX Prime, Microsoft executive Albert Penello said that the cloud offered a variant amount of opportunities to bring Xbox 360 games to Xbox One.

When asked if the cloud could offer backwards compatibility through streaming as Sony plans to do with Gaikai, he responded, “Yeah, absolutely. That’s one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people. Because what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin. When you say to the customer, we want the box to be connected, we want developers to know that the cloud is there. We’re really not trying to make up some phony thing.

“But there are so many things that the servers can do. Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it’s things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box. We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”

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