The Xbox One may become backwards compatible… one day

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Interested in getting a Xbox One but disappointed because you’re going to miss all of your old 360 favorites? Don’t fret too much. In an interview with Gamespot, senior director Albert Penello answered some questions about the Xbox One’s capabilities and future possibilities.

The Xbox One taps into the power of the cloud quite a bit. We’re seeing one of your competitors, Sony, doing backwards compatibility through streaming. Does the cloud-powered nature of the Xbox One leave it open for things to change in the future for something like that?


Penello responded, “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.”

This is one thing that I’ve personally talked about with people. Technology is going to continue growing, and with the internet so heavily influenced by the consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4, we have a lot of possibilities to look forward to. Those people who may be absolutely disappointed by a console right now may eventually see those disappointments mitigated. just because Sony and Microsoft are shooting out some qualities to help sell right now… doesn’t mean there will be more to discover and enjoy later.

This is the time to remain optimistic about the technology available for us. I think so many people are trapped inside bandwagons and assumptions that they can’t see the big picture. There are numerous things to look forward to as fans and as consumers. We just need to keep our eyes open.


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