Microsoft's next Xbox console is poised to go toe-to-toe with Sony's PlayStation 4, and a new report over the weekend claimed that cloud streaming will be one of the systems' major battlefields.
The new Xbox console will feature significant cloud streaming capabilities, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The console codenamed "Durango" will be able to stream gameplay from Microsoft data centers and send players' button presses right back, effectively streaming games over the internet, similar to what game streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai (last year purchased by Sony) do.
This functionality could allow the new Xbox to play older Xbox 360 games without having to include extra hardware bells and whistles, providing backward compatibility without extra cost.
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The WSJ described new Xbox prototypes with game streaming capabilities that are in development at Microsoft, according to the always reliable "people familiar with the matter."
Microsoft has reportedly been cautious about jumping head-first into game streaming like Sony has, but the new Xbox console will indeed boast it as a feature, those sources said.
The ability to play older Xbox games on the next Xbox will surely be a boon for fans of Microsoft's game consoles, though it remains to be seen exactly how or if such a feature could be implemented.