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Microsoft’s New Streaming Service Revealed

Latest reports give us a nice look on what sort of game streaming we can expect to come to Xbox One in the future. The cloud based service is rumored to be called Rio and has the ability to stream Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One. This of course is similar to Gaikai, the service used for streaming on the PS4 and is the way it seems both consoles with be able to play older games as the consoles will not feature backwards compatibility.

Sources say that during meetings at Microsoft this week, Halo 4 was streamed to a Surface tablet and a Windows Phone. It was apparently running very well and almost up to console quality. Microsoft have hinted at this recently. Senior Xbox director Albert Penello said,  "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, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience."

This is of course just speculation right now and just like Gaikai won’t be ready till next year at the earliest. But it does give us a nice indicator on what to expect and shows that Microsoft are working on a solution for you to play 360 games. Of course at an added price.


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