Microsoft is testing playing Xbox games in your browser

Microsoft is testing out playing games in your browser and not just any games. We're talking Xbox games - and not just last-generation titles either. In fact, even Xbox One titles are currently said to be in the works too.

And don’t think this is some watered-down experience; one source told us that he thought the experience was right around 60FPS, while another stated that this is going to be the company’s next killer gaming feature.

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qwerty6761533d ago

after reading that im still not sure what it means.

does that mean i stream the game on my browser from my computer? do i have to own a copy of the game on my xbox but i switch back and forth from my browser to console?

a lot of questions.

nrvalleytime1533d ago

There's quite a few unanswered questions, but it looks like Sony is trying to do with its Android products as well. I'd far rather prefer an app rather than a browser based experience, but any type of BC with my 360 would be appreciated. But to answer your question:

"The implications here are huge for Microsoft as it removes the console from the equation to tap into the gaming market. Also, by off-loading the processing power needed to run these games, it means that they can run on any type of device. Microsoft’s current solution is not browser-locked either; it runs in Chrome as well as it does in Internet Explorer."

I've held off purchasing an Xbox One for a few reasons, but this would certainly be helpful. I imagine you still have to purchase a retail copy at some point, but think about the possibilities.

KillerByte231533d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

They will probably make it where you will need an Xbox One to stream your games to your browser but this feature will allow people to play Xbox games on their phones, laptops, desktop pcs and tablets even if it is an Microsoft, Apple or Android tablet/phone

uptownsoul1533d ago

Is this service supposed to take the place of the Xbox One or add to it?

choujij1533d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

@KillerByte23 "They will probably make it where you will need an Xbox One to stream your games to your browser "

The article states:

"The implications here are huge for Microsoft as it *removes the console* from the equation to tap into the gaming market."

That sounds pretty clear to me. And if true, it'll be another reason for me to hold off from ever buying an Xbone.

Cryptcuzz1533d ago

Or they can just have a system where you bought the game on Xbox Live and once verified that said devices is logged in, one would be able to play the game off the browser.

Obviously, that would mean only one device that is logged in would be able to do this. So you can't just have a bunch of people using your GT logged in playing on multiple devices at the same time.

It would be pretty cool if they pulled this off correctly. To me, (I know I am going to get some disagrees for saying this) it is reminiscent of Remote Play for Playstation, but implemented in a different way.

MSBAUSTX1532d ago

If they drop the Xbox One in lieu of browser gaming, there is going to be a ton of super pissed off Xbox One owners. If they make it to where I can just stream gameplay directly to my browser I will never Buy a MS product again since I already paid for an XB1.

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mhunterjr1533d ago

Well this could be implemented in any number of ways.

It could be a backwards compatibility solution. Insert your xbox360 disc I to your xb1 console, but instead of running on the console hardware it's streamed to the consoles browser.

Or they could let you play games that you purchased digitally, on any other devices, without you having to download the file.

For xb1 games, it could be used to mask the painfully long download and install times. They could just stream games to you, while the installations takes place on the background. Then switch to local processing when plausible.

No one knows exactly how they'd end up using this service. We just know they are working on it.

Volkama1532d ago (Edited 1532d ago )

Could also approach that audience that don't buy consoles (ie directly compete with Playstation Now).

It was pretty much a given that they're working on game streaming. They were internally demoing that using Halo 4 and a Windows phone some time ago. And we've seen that recent research document on their Delorean technique to mask input latency on streamed games.

Interesting that they plan to deliver it through a browser though, that's new and... expansive. That's a huge audience right off the bat if they can pull it off.

Death1533d ago

You need to read the thesis the report is based on. No where did it say Microsoft was working on browser based games. Essentially they are working on software that eliminates the effects of lag with cloud based gaming. The program learns the way you play and predicts what you will do next. By using a prediction algorithm the game would know what you are going to do and has the ability to do it if lag becomes a factor. I found it very interesting, but it also gave me the feeling it has the potential to artificially make gamers better than they actually are. Player skill is factored in and the program is supposed to match the players skill to prevent it, but I'm not sure how much I believe it.

n4rc1533d ago

That paper came out awhile back didn't it?
Remember reading they were successfully masking a 300ms delay or something along those lines

extermin8or1532d ago (Edited 1532d ago )

But what happens if you do something unpredictable... that the game hasn't anticipated? wouldn't all hell break loose? And it needs you to have played said game to learn enough to predict fist anyway... there are several other issues that spring to mind with such a systm I find it hard to believe-a i've said about cloud compute in games in general I'll believe it when i see it.

FanboyKilla1532d ago

Lol listen to them wine like a neglected housewife. Lmfao all sony fans do is talk about what ms and xone doing lol. Leaving yo arse in the dust. Vroooooooom!!!

mmcglasson1532d ago

Sounds to me like they are trying to get their own version of PlayStation Now.

turdburgler10801532d ago (Edited 1532d ago )

It's Playstation now without the input lag thanks to predictive algorithms and you don't have to go out and throw hundreds down for a vita or some box for pstv assuming your device has browser ability. Even if your tv doesn't a $35 chromecast would solve that. It basically flips everything sony has done on end. And it gives way more types of devices to play on. Basically if it's got a screen, Internet, and a browser you can play games on it.

lelo2play1530d ago (Edited 1530d ago )

"Microsoft is testing playing Xbox games in your browser"

Anybody that wants to try something similar, there is


or Command and Conquer

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loopygames1533d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

They are emulating the Xbox One/Xbox 360 OS in the cloud through a browser(Firefox/IE/Chrome).

oSHINSAo1533d ago

magic word... cloud, it is posible, there are some games already using this tecnic, Warface for example.

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PCBOX1533d ago

I told you XO is a beast gaming machine.I always trusted MS.Live is the best service and they are the most innovative and creative company in entire game industry.Cloud Computing and Gaming will be the future.Thank God I have an Xbox One.Bring it on MS because you are the best.Look at the people moaning always online Xbox system.What is Destiny? Without net connection you cant play it and this is the most anticipated plus one of the top seller games of the industry.What a sense of irony.

Game ON.

Gravity_DoGG1533d ago

and some of us hate destiny for being only online. good thing I got wii u and ps4 so I don't have to worry about allways online future

Kayant1533d ago

Yes because a single Always on-line game that can be traded in,sold,lend to in the traditional sense is the same as a console that because a brick if you haven't checked in and must have someone in your friendlist for 30 days before gifting the game because lending is not possible and trade, rent, sell options which were limited to select retailers and not available at launch.

Totally the same thing /s

DougLord1533d ago

I think people don't understand that MSFT would prefer not to be in the hardware business. It looses $$, just look at Sony. They are only in it because they want to control the living room. They would prefer to be able to sell you a $50 streaming box with an Arm chip in it. The technology just isn't there YET. But it is getting there quickly. The hardware in the One is more then sufficient to handle streaming as the software and infrastructure get to the point where you don't need a local GPU to run the game. If they can get everything working right MSFT may be the 1st to offer streaming 4K gaming. They have verified the codecs and outputs are capable of 4k.

Godmars2901533d ago

Sony has dominated twice in terms of hardware whereas with MS, they've only really ever managed a success one, and that's arguable.

I think that they would best sell you a subscription, then games, with hardware being purely your problem.

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