Report claims game streaming likely part of next Xbox

With the announcement of Microsoft's next-generation Xbox just two days away, rumors have swirled about what some of the features the console contains will include, such as live television integration. According to a new report, one of the features likely to be announced is online game streaming.

The Wall Street Journal reports that in addition to the live television integration, Microsoft has been testing a streaming game service that may be shown off at its Tuesday event. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Journal states Microsoft has developed the technology itself. By comparison, Sony purchased cloud gaming company Gaikai for $380 million a year ago, and that acquisition's technology will be part of its PlayStation 4 console. Microsoft's service may primarily be used for streaming Xbox 360 games to the new Xbox console, according to The Journal's report, though it's unclear if next-generation games would also be available for streaming.

Late last month, job listings on Microsoft's website revealed the company was hiring for a cloud gaming initiative, though the listings didn't specifically state the program was for the next Xbox. Applicants hired for the positions would "work across internal teams, and with external development partners to drive experiences in gaming that have not been possible before and have not been done before," a listing said.

In addition to the steaming service, The Journal corroborates claims that Microsoft is working on a television connectivity feature that would allow users to connect the console to their set-top boxes from television service providers. Other possible announcements include "specialized glasses" that will go beyond current 3D glasses technologies and possibly "blend images of the real world with that of a game," the report states.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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I would actually like to see the next Xbox natively be able to stream your own game to others (I think the PS4 can do that right? I forget). I know I wouldn't really use it much, but for instance say you're in a game and your friend comes on. Instead of having them wait and staring at a menu, why not stream your game to them so they can watch? I think that would be handy.

Well, maybe this could be something that Gold users get access to? It would add to the overall value of paying for it in the end IMO. It might be the "fusion" service maybe? I still think it's a service and not the name of the new hardware itself.

Interesting rumor. I wouldn't be surprised if this were something that Microsoft had built into the Next XBox... This kind of points out a distinction between Microsoft and Sony though, as Microsoft can actually develop complex software and services...

Interesting rumor. I wouldn't be surprised if this were something that Microsoft had built into the Next XBox... This kind of points out a distinction between Microsoft and Sony though, as Microsoft can actually develop complex software and services...

True, Microsoft mostly acquires other companies if they have tech that MS believe will go somewhere fast and can't develop themselves in a short timespan, or for the patents they contain if they have tech that is very popular.
Streaming games was always possible on the Xbox 360 too and the next Xbox will have this too, but it won't be a pillar for MS.

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