In an interview with Gamespot, Microsoft senior director Albert Pennello said that the Xbox One has many opportunities because of the power of the Azure cloud servers, and may eventually be backwards compatible. This service would rival the services for the PS4 from Gaikai.
“[T]here are so many things that the servers can do,” Pennello stated. “Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it’s things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box. We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”
While neither of the consoles will have backwards compatibility at launch, it is nice to know that we may eventually be able to play our older games on the newest systems.
Pennello was also questioned about the price of the two consoles and how the Xbox One’s $100 price disadvantage will affect its sales against the PS4.
“It’s up to us to prove that it’s worth $100 more. I think it is. I think we do more. I think our games are better. I think as people start to experience Kinect and see what it can do using voice, I think that’s better. I think the ability to have an all-in-one system where you can plug in the TV, that’s better. I think we’ll have a better online service.”
Finally, Pennello was asked about the possibility of bringing back the family sharing plan announced before the Xbox One policy changes.
“I still think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we’ll bring it back when the time is right.”
The Xbox One will be released this November 22 for $499.