Rumour – Microsoft to debut streaming games service in 2012

Thursday, 6th October 2011 23:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Whisperers believe Microsoft is to launch a “universal gaming platform” to rival streaming games service OnLive as early as next year.

Claiming a Microsoft source, Electronic Theatre reports the new service will incorporate Xbox Live functionality into all Microsoft devices, including Windows Phone 7 and PCs running Windows 8.

The new Live service is said to be able to deliver games to all formats, much as XBLA games like Full House Poker is playable on both Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7.

Once an Xbox 360 game has been purchased and activated on the console, the report suggests you’ll be able to continue playing that game on any Windows device with an active Internet connection, right off the cloud.

Microsoft does not comment on rumour or speculation.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Erthazus

    Microsoft can be successfull with that because they have money and man power to do it.

    What i saw at Gaikai and Onlive was fucking horrible. So for now streaming service is just bad.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gama_888

    This could destroy Onlive

    M$ allready has a huge audience on its service so incorporating this is going make anyone thinking about signing up with Onlive say, No, this service is here and its trusted and well established.

    Good move M$, Good move.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. fearmonkey

    It depends how its done on whether it could really impact Onlive, Gaikai has an entirely different business model, probably wouldn’t be affected.

    I’d love to see the day that I can buy a game for the 360, PC or next console, and it comes with an equivalent of the key for onlive that the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution came with.
    I buy a console game at retail on disk, it has that key that allows me to play a cloud version for free anytime I want. My save is on the cloud, or I can manually upload it through the game, and play it anytime.
    I can see them doing that for XBLA games, but id love to see it on retail games too.

    #3 3 years ago

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