Microsoft Wants To Stream Console Games To PCs And Phones
Microsoft is actively developing a cloud-based game streaming service.
During a recent internal company meeting, sources tell The Verge that a working game service was demoed. Cloud servers were streaming Halo 4 to a Windows PC, as well as a Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone. The report also says that the latency between the servers and the Lumia 520 was only 45 ms.
Just as interesting as the cloud service is how one would play games on a mobile phone or tablet. The Lumia 520 was paired with an Xbox controller (it’s unknown if the controller was a 360 model or an Xbox One model), with some sort of USB converter accessory connecting the two. Using a 360 controller with a PC is old news, but there’s never been official support for the controller on Windows Phone devices.
All of Microsoft’s cloud gaming plans are still in development or in the prototype phase, as the company looks to play catch-up with Sony. After buying Gaikai in 2012 for roughly $400 million, Sony has slowly but surely revealed its cloud gaming plans. Streaming PlayStation 3 games to the PlayStation 4 is the most recent news from Sony, while we’ve heard nothing from Microsoft until today’s leak.
Microsoft has hinted that it wants to offer Xbox 360 game streaming on the Xbox One, but that plan is still up in the air, it seems.
And suddenly, a Windows RT tablet looks all the more interesting…