During an interview with GameSpot, Microsoft’s senior director Albert Penello hinted that the Xbox One’s streaming capabilities may be used to render games.
He says that “there are so many things that the servers can do. Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it’s things like voice processing. It could (also) 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.”
While the Playstation 4 will not have backwards compatibility at launch, Sony plans to use the service Gaikai to eventually make old Playstation games available for streaming. They have also announced that Gaikai will be streaming Playstation 3 titles by 2014.
Even though customers could be able to stream Xbox 360 titles one day, their old Xbox 360 copies would still be useless in an Xbox One.
Fortunately for 360 owners, Microsoft has said that they will support the aging console for at least 3 more years before fully moving on to the Xbox One.
The Xbox One launches on November 22nd in North America, Europe, and Australia.