Cloud already a 'key strategy' for Xbox, says Microsoft

MS points to Xbox Live as its answer to Sony's Gaikai acquisition

Sony's megaton today was confirmation of its much-rumoured acquisition of cloud gaming firm Gaikai. What's Microsoft's reaction?


'We're already doing cloud', was pretty much the response MS gave to GamesIndustry when asked for a reaction to Sony's big announcement.

"The cloud has been a key component of our strategy and a big area of investment with Xbox for many years," said a rep, seemingly pointing to Xbox Live as the firm's already-existing answer to Sony's move.

"Through Xbox LIVE we're serving up gaming and entertainment in the cloud to more than 40 million people," they added, downplaying the significance of the Sony deal.

Cloud save functionality is not quite the same thing as streamed cloud gaming, is it?

"We're committed to delivering extraordinary entertainment experiences across devices in a uniquely connected way through Xbox, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and other popular devices, and we're looking forward to continuing to innovate in this space in the future."

Sony Computer Entertainment announced today it has acquired cloud-based gaming service Gaikai for approximately $380 million.

The acquisition was cemented on June 30, 2012 and will allow an array of content, including high-end games, to be streamed to "a range of internet enabled devices", and could be an absolute revolution for gaming on PlayStation platforms as Dan Dawkins discusses in this opinion piece.

[ SOURCE: GamesIndustry ]