Xbox One could offer backwards compatibility with the help of the Azure cloud servers; what could potentially be the gracefully named ace in the sleeve for Microsoft. According to Microsoft‘s senior director Albert Penello, Microsoft hasn’t explored all of the clouds potential functions with the Xbox One yet, but backwards compatibility is very possible with their streaming technology. In his discussion with Gamespot, Penello said, “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 Gaikai.”
Gaikai being the cloud service Sony purchased just a year ago for $380 million. At the time, Sony reported that the purchase was made to benefit the PlayStation properties with cloud service technology and create a more streamlined and capable future for their consoles.
With the recently upgraded CPU in the Xbox One, Sony‘s budding relationship with third-party software developers, the new focus on cloud technology and an abundance of must-have games, this new console generation is shaping up to be the best one yet.