Microsoft May Invent New Cloud Streaming Technology

Apparently following in the footsteps of their rival Sony, Microsoft may soon give us a cloud gaming streaming service. The Verge reported citing unknown sources that Microsoft officials have been in discussion during this week’s meetings about releasing a new technology. And a prototype demonstration has already been performed.

The game Halo 4 was shown run on Windows Phone and PC, streamed directly from the cloud. The Verge also added that this prototype is running smoothly on both devices while Microsoft has been successful in reducing latency on Lumia 520 devices, to as low as 45 minutes. Still more to go, but Microsoft is really pushing the tech hard.

The prototype is actually a small pawn in Microsoft’s larger initiative to stream Windows games onto Windows devices. As the Verge reported, the prototype demonstration held this week included a Windows Phone and an Xbox Controller connected via a new accessory and a low-end hybrid PC.

However the verge added that Microsoft has not chosen a name for the new cloud powered streaming technology, as it is still in the infancy. Sony’s GaiKai-powered streaming technology will debut this year for PlayStation 4, and then subsequently for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

"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," said a Microsoft representative to the Seattle Times.

Senior Xbox Director Alberto Penello also added, "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 new feature could really be the turning point for Microsoft, and pivotal in boosting sales of Xbox One and other Microsoft products. However when Microsoft does bring out the new technology, I hope it comes out flawless, reducing headaches over the required Microsoft tech support. A few incidents in the recent past due to issues with Windows patches and upgrades, ended up as a burden for the Microsoft tech support team, who were busy solving issues. Either way this could open up a new portal for gamers both old and new generation gamers. Microsoft will surely have a lot of ground to catch if they wish to compete in the market with top rivals Sony.
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