Microsoft Plays ‘Halo 4′ On PC And Mobile Phones To Show Off The Cloud

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Halo 4 Cloud

A lot has been said about the Xbox One‘s integration with the cloud. Microsoft understandably have been talking up their new service Azure, while some developers have been more sceptical. Cloud gaming has been talked about for years and Microsoft now seem to be moving toward actually processing full games using the Cloud.

This would be similar to what Sony has promised for the PlayStation 4 via their cloud gaming company Gaikai, due in 2014. It appears that after all the prototypes and talk, that the Cloud is almost upon us in a big way.

In theory, servers are able to process the work load of running a high end game and then stream it on to almost any device. The Verge have heard that Microsoft have been privately proving the technology is a viable feature, by showcasing Halo 4 on both PC and Windows Phones.

The report states that these were internal meetings showing off the prototype  to prove that graphically intensive games such as 343 Industries‘ Halo 4 could run on a mobile phone or “low-end hybrid PC”. Unsurprisingly this feature would be exclusive to Windows devices, but Microsoft now have the power to stream AAA experiences straight to their Windows Phones. To many, that could be a very exciting endeavor.

Xbox One Azure Cloud Backwards Compatibility

Cloud gaming has been possible in the past, but one of the main things that has plagued it before is the latency between the server and player. Previously, a player would experience a sizeable delay between their input and output on screen due to the distance the command would have to travel to and from the processing server.

During the presentations it is reported that the latency on a Lumia  520 was just 45 ms. That may be a substantial amount of time for gamers who demand the utmost precision, but this is still only a prototype. That time will hopefully have been cut even further whenever the service gets into consumer hands.

Microsoft have been talking about their cloud service since their initial reveal in May, but up to this point it has only been positioned as a support for games instead of streaming full ones. They had recently stated that their service could make backwards compatibility possible but it was not clear if streaming games from the cloud was on their priority list, but all doubts that they might not be providing the service now seem dashed.  It appears that  you might be able to play any Xbox One game on a Windows device some time in the near future, indeed a time we seem to be living in.

Source: The Verge

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo 4, Microsoft, Mobile, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Daniel Carlson

    what kind of internet connection are we gonna need for this? lol comcast boasts 24mbps but i get maybe 1 or 2 on a good connection and i doubt that would be enough

    • 1015

      strange, I have comcast 25 MBPS and I get a solid 15 if I’m the only one on the network.

      • Daniel Carlson

        i’ve noticed it depends on where you are located too. and comcast internet shares bandwidth with people in the area as well so for me it depends on how active the neighborhood

      • Ken J


        Same with me, I am not a huge fan of Comcast, but the one thing I cannot deny is their speed. What I don’t like is their reliability. My internet would drop maybe once every 2 weeks or so. I mean, it’s only for a few minutes usually, but it’s still annoying. When I had DSL, it was much slower, but it pretty much never dropped…

  • Jeff

    “Microsoft Plays ‘Halo 4′ On PC”

    Scumbag Microsoft: Shows off Halo 4 on the PC. No plans to ever release it on PC.

    • xSpektre

      That means this may be their plans to work it into PC without all the hassles of porting it. Only downside to this is the same as any other cloud-based PC system, no game modding and config editing.. I really hope Microsoft doesn’t launch every game on PC through a cloud service then.

  • Red

    In other news, Sont purchased Gaikai and will soon be able to allow you to stream your games to everything. A PS4, A Vita, a Dreamcast, The Xbox One, your Mobile phone, your toaster and your mom will all be viable streaming options.

    OR you could just buy a ****ing game disc and enjoy our games normally instead of like a meth addict who needs a fix no matter where they are or what time it is.

    • Daniel Carlson

      thats a good point. i cant see much reason for it with the game disc you wont have to maintain that constant good internet connection to play just single player.

      • Gesio

        Sony aren’t using it to stream PS4 games to your PS4, they’re using it to stream PS3 games to your PS4.

        • Red

          If I remember correctly, they are using Gaikai to stream PS3 games to he PS4 and your PS4 to Vita. May be incorrect on the last half.

  • bio

    It’s not game related but every sense Adobe started forcing subscription fees down there consumer’s throats by putting all of there products in a cloud service. The whole “cloud” idea has been a turn off for me no matter what we are talking about. Video games, movies or editing software. I dont want anything to do with cloud services knowing that there already are company’s out there abusing it.

  • Ken J

    I hope this means that one day I can play Forza on my PC…

  • Ken J

    I hope people don’t think this is a new thing now… I’ve been using Onlive for years now…