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Microsoft: Xbox One could in theory stream games from the cloud

by John Callaham


When Sony announced the PlayStation 4 in February, the company confirmed that it would use its recently acquired Gaikai service to stream games and game demos from a cloud server to the console. While this ability won't be available for the PS4's launch in November, it is supposed to be enabled sometime in 2014.

Microsoft has also been hyping up its own cloud server features it has planned for the Xbox One, but those features have been added to help game developers put in better AI and game physics support. Couldn't the Xbox One's cloud servers also stream games as well?

In a recent interview with GameSpot, Microsoft Xbox executive Albert Penello stated the answer to that question is, "Yes". In fact, he indicated there are many other things Microsoft could add to the console with cloud server support. He said:

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.

It certainly could be interesting to see if Microsoft suddenly enables streaming game support for the Xbox One at the same time Sony adds it for PS4 users in 2014.

Source: GameSpot | Image via Microsoft

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