You may soon be playing Xbox games in your browser

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Game streaming is all the rage. Steam lets you stream your own games from your desktop to your TV, but more ambitious folk like OnLive and the now Sony-owned Gaikai are planning to stream games straight to compatible devices over the internet. According to unsourced, unverified reports on Neowin, Microsoft is planning on doing the same – but going a step further, by beaming games to your browser.

Here’s what Neowin says:

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.

The Xbox 360 games offer up the full experience, including the dashboard running in the browser too. So don’t think this is some hacked together project, this is the real deal. The product, as it stands right now, has Xbox branding and works outside the walls of Microsoft.

It will likely be based on the same sort of technology we told you about previously; the one that predicts what you’ll be doing to reduce in-game streaming latency. If this is true, it could finally allow for “backwards compatibility” with Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One According to Neowin, it would also allow streamed Xbox One games – though that would negate the need for anyone to own an Xbox One.

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Of course, all of this is moot for those of us without Microsoft’s Azure datacentres within proximity

Last Updated: September 11, 2014

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Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I can already imagine someone moaning how they can’t play two games in different browser tabs.

  • Anon A Mouse

    Are people still using explorer as their browser these days?

    • Brady miaau

      I use Chrome and IE.

      for certain work stuff, reports servers and the like, IE just works better

      But Chrome is getting me down, using a gig ram and stuff

      • Anon A Mouse

        I understand for work yes, I also have to use it to get into certain sites for business purposes but you will not find it on my personal laptop, since IE 5 or there about.

        • Kensei Seraph

          I find that Firefox works for most of the work-related sites that are supposedly only compatible with IE.

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    *sigh* and how good will your net connection need to be? This technology is many, many years away from being truely viable.

    • Arne

      Not in the Netherlands its not.. my download is 180kbps (18mb/s) and my upload half of that.. Ill be good.

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        But the majority of gamers don’t have that. To be viable it needs to be the majority of players.

        There simply aren’t enough people who have good enough connections.

        • Arne

          I agree, but that doesn’t have to mean that the gamers WITH the right connection cant have it also. right?

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            Not at all. The problem is that when people start using it the publishers get it in their heads that it’s what every user on earth wants and tries to push it for the norm. Then they hurt those who can’t

  • CaptainNemo42

    Ai, Microsoft will do ANYTHING to get us back to IE.

  • CaptainNemo42

    So, the only way you play Xbox games in 60fps is if you play it through your browser?

  • Arne

    I would be so happy if i could play the Mass Effect trilogy on my Xbox One. I start crying by the thought of it.

  • FoxOneZA

    Apparently you don’t need a local Azure server like when the Titanfall beta took place.

    • Mark Treloar

      Except Titanfall wasn’t streaming so its inaccurate comparison.

  • DrKiller

    having games in a browser is a shit idea…… I like the idea of being able to play your games on a different device, but NOT A BROWSER.

    • Zach Dolbeare

      What’s the difference if you are in Full Screen mode?

      • DrKiller

        Addons, extentions, compatibility between browsers etc…. These things are really a pain in browsers.

  • Pieter Smal

    Where is the dislike button?

  • Kensei Seraph

    Yes, but will it work with Firefox?

    • Zach Dolbeare

      Another article said IE and Chrome only. But since this isn’t even confirmed, who knows.

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