Xbox One Cloud Could Support Game Streaming

The cloud, that magnificent, mythical thing that Microsoft said was an essential part of Xbox One before removing the always online component and with it the guarantee that every Xbox has access to the cloud.

I still have no idea exactly what this cloud is or what it can do and neither do Microsoft by the sound of it, but they’re going to tell us what it might be able to do, assuming it they can work out how and that it doesn’t cost too much.

“What the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin,” explains Microsoft’s planning and marketing director Albert Penello. “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.”

“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.”

So there we go, the cloud, it can probably do Gaikai style gaming streaming, Microsoft just “have to figure out how”.

Source: Gamespot



  1. Microsoft, please stop it. You are making it worse for yourself.

    This basically shows the Cloud, in some context, is pretty much a made up thing that doesn’t really do much for the console……yet. That’s even if it is actually a thing….yet.

    I would seriously think twice about buying this console if I was a Xbox gamer.

  2. The thing is, if Azure does end up doing game streaming, it will probably perform better than Gaikai due to it’s sheer processing power. Can’t say its a feature I’d use on either console though to be fair. Never used the PS3’s backwards compatibility and I can’t see that changing this gen

    • I’m not sure their current standard Azure servers are optimized to run GPU heavy games. Basically what they are saying is that they still have no clue what to do while Gaikai has specialized servers and a little more experience in the field.

  3. It seems they keep saying the word ‘Cloud’ but they don’t have a clue what to do with it yet. There’s no point telling us what it might be able to do, just be straight and tell us truthfully, gamers will prefer that much more.

  4. Apparently PS4 will also play xbox one games, somebody just has to figure out how to do it.

  5. Sure, they have the server capacity, but they don’t have the algorithms/codecs/patents/knowhow that Gaikai (and OnLive) have.

  6. So someone at microsoft put on their CAPEX list ‘Big Server!’, it got approved, they bought it, and now everyone is wandering around saying ‘why did we want this again?’

  7. All hail The Cloud. It will bring about a new world order. If they ever work out what to do with it.

  8. They have their head in the cloud…..

  9. That would be awesome if Sony just plugged in an xbox to the gaikai streaming system so ps plus just streamed xbox games. Doubt they’d be allowed mind….

  10. So this isn’t a major selling point then?Then why try and pass it off as one?I think it’s just as well it’s come out now rather than later on down the line where people start asking awkward questions.

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