Microsoft: Cloud Streaming Of Games Too ‘Problematic’ At This Point Of Time


When Microsoft demoed an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets at its annual company meeting few months back, there were lots of speculations that Microsoft might solve Xbox 360 games incompatibility with Xbox One by using this technology. Speaking to Polygon, Microsoft said that current network speed restrictions across the world is making the cloud streaming technology “too problematic”.

“It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box,” Penello told GameSpot, referring to Sony’s still-unproven solution for prior-generation compatibility on PlayStation 4. “We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”

“The Microsoft Company Meeting is a great place to demonstrate many exciting possibilities, but we don’t have any specific plans to share at this time.”

“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 said. “So managing quality of service, the tolerance people will have for it being crappy. Can you imagine, in this day and age, with the bad information around, and we can’t control the quality of that experience and make sure it’s good, or have to tell people they can’t do it?”

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Source: Polygon


  • J88NYr

    They can control it, only allow it to work if you have ping/down/up speed of X.

    • Bugbog

      …and you think that’ll stop people from bitching about an unreceived service?!

    • Guest

      I’m getting tired of all the xbox news…we pretty much know now the next CEO, no matter who, is going to sell it off!

  • Pedro

    LOL typical MS BS, WinFS style. Show some cool shit in some marketing promos, hype it up and then quietly kill it Zune style. MS is as dumb as ever, nothing changes.

    • DigTheNoise

      Yeah … just a stupid multi-billion dollar company. /s

    • Ronny Bryant

      Yeah… I hate those guys… they aren’t even supposed to be in the gaming industry with their stupid xbox – we were all laughing at them and their big ol’ dopey controller! They were supposed to FAIL and NOW they are actually COMPETITION to companies that have been doing game consoles for DECADES!!! Stupid MS… dumb as ever… NOTHING they do ever changes!!!

    • GG002

      So you are blaming Microsoft over the fact that people in the majority of the world doesn’t have a three-digit Mbit internet connection? Yeah, that makes total sense.
      And the fact that you compare this to Zune makes you an immediate troll. This is nothing like Zune.

    • surilamin

      The demo was at a private company meeting. I think the company has learned a lot since PDC 2003.

    • nohone

      Same childish talk from the guy who likes to tell others to “grow up”

      • Guest

        El comal le dijo a la olla…

        • nohone

          Look, the coward learned how to use Bing translator

          • Guest

            No to disappoint, it is reference to the adorable Francisco Gabilondo Solar adorable children song.

            You need to broaden your knowledge and stop being so Euro centrist.

    • kevgallacher

      This feature has never been officially announced or shown to the public. How have they hyped this up, all they have done is talk about the possibility of using this.

  • pdouglas

    Can’t MS just create an add-on for the Xbox One, that runs Xbox 360 games natively? MS could then simply sell / rent the add-on. Besides, why is MS interested in exploring technology that would render its own platform technology irrelevant?

    • Bugbog

      1 – They already do, it’s called the Xbox 360 :)

      2 – If they don’t someone will do it for them!

      • pdouglas

        Yes. You are right. But maybe some people want the ability to run Xbox 360 games integrated into the Xbox One experience. Maybe Xbox 360 games could be run on the add-on, and streamed into the Xbox One experience.

        • Dunno

          This ipotetical “addon” you’re proposing will need to have the same xbox360 hardware inside, so you can buy a xbox360 for almost the same price. sorry but its nonsense.

    • nohone

      Why is it that Microsoft is the only one that is being hit over this kind of thing? The PS3 shipped with a PS2 inside of it while mocking the 360 because it had virtual emulation. The Sony fanboys spent months talking down the 360 because it did not have BC. Then Sony released a version of the PS3 without the PS2 hardware, and the official line was if you wanted to play PS2 games, just buy the version with the PS2 hardware. Then Sony removed BC from all versions of the PS3, and suddenly we were told that BC is not necessary, nobody wants it, it makes the consoles more expensive, more prone to break, and a bunch of other back peddling. Sony even went one step more, and disabled the PS2 hardware on devices people (such as myself) bought and paid for.

      Then this year Sony announced the PS4 would support PS3 games via streaming via the cloud, all while deriding Microsoft’s cloud plans and at the same time quickly announcing that sometime in the future Sony would have their own cloud infrastructure. Then they delayed their BC to early next year, then delayed again to late next year, and now the rumor is they will cancel it. But Microsoft not having BC is a failure for them, and everyone is, once again, giving Sony a pass.

      I am not saying that you personally have excused PS3/PS4 not having BC while condemning MS, but the internet has. Which once again shows that it doesn’t matter if Microsoft does what is right, they will be attacked simply because they are not Sony/Apple/Google.

      • pdouglas

        I really don’t care one way or the other. All I was saying was that if MS wants to provide backwards compatibility, I believe should consider providing it through an add-on, vs. via the cloud. Maybe within a year, no one will really care.

        • dunno

          Do you realize that the couldn’t assure your internet connection will be able to have a good experience in “cloud game streaming”? If they enable that and you get a lagged game and with low video quality (and this WILL happen if you don’t have a Great connection) i’m pretty sure you will blame MS for crappy service and the fact that they shouldn’t ever enabled the cloud game streaming service from the beginning.