Rio

According to CNET’s inside ninja sources, Microsoft not only plans to implement a cloud-based game streaming service; they already have it running. It’s called Rio, and could allow Xbox 360 games to be streamed to the Xbox One in much the same way that Sony’s Gaikai will allow for PS3 streaming on the PS4.

CNET says that Microsoft demoed the technology off last week at a Microsoft meeting, beaming Halo 4 to a Surface tablet and a Windows Phone, apparently at “Xbox-level visual quality.”

Paul Thurrott, the Windows blogger who’s often privy to inside information said on his site that Rio works, and that latency for it wasn’t at all terrible in its current state.

“The firm noted that latency was down to 45 milliseconds, which is probably OK for simple single-player gaming but is in fact pretty high for real-time multiplayer gaming,” Thurrott said. “But here’s a secret benefit of this technology: Microsoft might use this to solve the backward-compatibility problem of the Xbox One, which cannot play Xbox 360 games: It could simply stream these titles to customers.”

I’m still not entirely sold on games streamed for magical servers in the sky. OnLive has largely failed to gain any momentum, because even in places with super internet, latency and resolution are still issues. I’m not sure Gaikai will really be capable of streaming PS3 games to my PS4, nor do I have any real confidence that Rio will let me play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.

I’d like to be wrong though.

Last Updated: October 1, 2013

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47 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 1, 2013 at 14:06

    “and could allow Xbox 360 games to be streamed to the Xbox 360 in much the same way that Sony’s Gaikai will allow for PS3 streaming on the PS4.”

    So you mean you can play xbox 360 games on xbox 360??

    Freaky!

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 1, 2013 at 14:07

      Xboxception! BWAAAAA!

      Reply

    • Lardus-Resident Perve

      October 1, 2013 at 14:13

      Lol, was about to ask how stream 360 to 360 compares to ps3 to ps4!! Not the same thing man, not at all! ROFL

      Reply

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      October 1, 2013 at 14:14

      Whahahahaahahaha. Well spotted

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 1, 2013 at 14:06

    It’s a… pipe… dream. tee hee.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      October 1, 2013 at 14:10

      Slap in some EA grass dude

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 1, 2013 at 14:11

        That’s not the clouds they’re smoking for :/

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  3. Hammersteyn

    October 1, 2013 at 14:08

    They wouldn’t spend millions on GAIKAI or RIO if it wasn’t feasible. Will have to wait and see. How much is a 4mb line these days?

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 1, 2013 at 14:11

      Around R500 for all the line rentals, then you need an ISP account on top of that.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 1, 2013 at 14:12

        Yep, right in the ass.

        Reply

        • Umar Jaeger

          October 1, 2013 at 14:13

          And you will still get throttled and shaped on top of that…..in the ass, multiple times

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 1, 2013 at 14:15

            throttled on top in the ass????

            O_O

          • Umar Jaeger

            October 1, 2013 at 14:17

            At a slow speed…must hurt

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 1, 2013 at 14:17

            and “rubber banding”

          • Umar Jaeger

            October 1, 2013 at 14:21

            ouch, going all the way in online to shot right back out

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 14:36

            The way you guys going on sounds like an advert for lovers plus hahaha

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            October 1, 2013 at 14:37

            i just love how knowledgeable they all sound…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 14:38

            They sexperts! lol

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 1, 2013 at 14:52

            This conversation has gone down the drain

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 1, 2013 at 14:57

            Circling the rim, so to speak :/

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 14:57

            eish

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 1, 2013 at 14:58

            On a… hole… different level

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 15:06

            Ag nee man

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 1, 2013 at 14:47

            They’re all manly bearded men with strong hands. Wait… O_o

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            October 1, 2013 at 14:23

            wow guys, just wow.

          • Umar Jaeger

            October 1, 2013 at 14:24

            Chief started it 🙁

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 14:34

            Gonna win comment of the week again at this rate..

        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          October 1, 2013 at 14:14

          here you go

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            October 1, 2013 at 14:14

            I don’t even need to refresh the page to know it’s a pot of Vaseline 😉

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 1, 2013 at 14:15

            XD, its not. Have fun

  4. TiMsTeR1033

    October 1, 2013 at 14:28

    “and could allow Xbox 360 games to be streamed to the Xbox 360 in much
    the same way that Sony’s Gaikai will allow for PS3 streaming on the PS4.”

    Don’t you mean

    “and could allow Xbox 360 games to be streamed to the Xbox One in much
    the same way that Sony’s Gaikai will allow for PS3 streaming on the PS4.”

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 1, 2013 at 14:29

      Ag. Same thing, amirite? 😛

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 1, 2013 at 14:30

        My spelling is a disaster and I say it’s not the same, therefore it’s really bad!

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        October 1, 2013 at 14:31

        XBOX 360 = (XBOX ONE – minus features that only Americans can use) uareright. Hell even Titanfall will be on the 360

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 1, 2013 at 14:31

          Would look like crap though!

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 1, 2013 at 14:32

            I’m sure someone will compare graphics on Youtube when the time comes. Remember it’s an online only game. Can’t push the details too high.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 1, 2013 at 14:33

            They have far superior bandwidth than us, I honestly don’t think they would care too much.

          • MacDoodle

            October 1, 2013 at 15:45

            Not really hey I had a friend in Tennessee she was getting a ping over 150ms lol

    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      October 1, 2013 at 14:29

      Already spammed him on this, if you read below

      Reply

  5. Pieter Kruger

    October 1, 2013 at 14:35

    So if MS would do this to compete with Gaikai, what is the use of the 300k Azure servers and what is Sony’s counterpart called? I’ve always been told on this site that Gaikai = Azure?

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  6. Bryan

    October 1, 2013 at 14:54

    “down to 45 milliseconds, which is probably OK for simple single-player gaming but is in fact pretty high for real-time multiplayer gaming,”

    45ms ….. Um, Try an average of 210 when hitting Europe … Guess this guy hasn’t tried this from Africa

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  7. CypherGate

    October 1, 2013 at 16:02

    So if they “Beamed” Halo 4 to a tablet… doesnt that mean they can stream Xbox One games to 360 and so forth? Hmmmmm….

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  8. Rikus

    October 1, 2013 at 16:14

    Pleeeeeeaaaaaaazzzz…. I’m so gatvol hearing about Microsoft and the cloud. Microsoft, stop acting like you invented the bloody thing.

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    • iAmWeasel

      October 2, 2013 at 08:02

      I’m not sure what’s more annoying.. MS touting their “cloud” as the answer to everything or the term “cloud” in itself.. it’s a bunch of servers, call it what it is. “Cloud” is the biggest PR catch-word ever conceived.

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      • Rikus

        October 2, 2013 at 09:48

        Couldn’t agree with you more. Yes, cloud integration is cool and COULD provide for some awesome features and future expansion, but as you said, it is not the answer to everything. It most certainly has a lot of limitations. I almost get the idea Microsoft is trying to say: “Yes, the XBox One is completely rubbish as a standalone console, but the cloud will make everything better! See, that is why we wanted an always-online console.”

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  9. John Smith

    October 2, 2013 at 08:02

    I just wanna be able to play my XBLA through it & 360 would be nice too, esp. when they quit making them one day and or supporting it. How long until we find out when it’ll be released for the next gen?

    Reply

  10. Mark Treloar

    October 2, 2013 at 10:33

    So Microsoft is playing catchup with Sony again?

    Reply

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