Microsoft: Xbox 360 game support on Xbox One via the cloud is "problematic"

Will Xbox One owners get to play "Halo 4" for the Xbox 360 at some point? Maybe.

Back in May, Don Mattrick, then the head of Microsoft's interactive entertainment division, made many gamers upset when he dismissed plans to offer support for playing Xbox 360 games on the upcoming Xbox One, saying, "... if you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards". Now that Mattrick is trying to save Zynga as its new CEO, Microsoft has apparently had a change of heart on this matter, but it may still be a while before you can play "Halo 4" on your Xbox One.

In a chat with Polygon, Microsoft executive Albert Penello talked about the possibility of playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One via a streaming cloud server service. In September, Microsoft showed off "Halo 4" streaming to a Windows 8 PC and a Windows Phone device at a company meeting. Penello called the demo a "grand experiment" but added:

It's really cool and really problematic, all at the same time, insofar as it's really super cool if you happen to have the world's most awesome internet connection. It works way better than you'd expect it to.

Penello hinted that problems such as managing the quality of such a streaming game service still need to be overcome. Sony has already announced that it will offer a way for PlayStation 4 owners to stream PS3 games via a cloud server, but that won't be ready until sometime in 2014. Penello said he will be "really interested" to see if Sony can handle the problems that Microsoft has already encountered.

Source: Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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