Xbox One May Offer Backwards Compatibility Eventually
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.05.2013
It won’t be available initially though…
Speaking to Gamespot, Microsoft senior director Albert Penello revealed the Xbox One could be backwards compatible at some point, thanks to its Azure cloud servers.
Penello acknowledged that there is a wealth of functions that the cloud could be used for, though Microsoft hasn't settled on which it wants to explore.
When asked if the cloud could offer backwards compatibility through streaming as Sony plans to do with Gaiki, he stated: "Yeah, absolutely. That's one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people. Because what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin. 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. But 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 how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience."
Neither Xbox One and PS4 will support backwards compatibility at launch. Sony though has suggested that it plans to use Gaikai's streaming technology to make legacy content available on the PS4 at some point.