Xbox streaming service called Rio - Report

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GameSpot sister site CNET has heard from a source that Microsoft's recently revealed cloud-powered streaming service is called Rio. Its former codename was Ridgeway, another source said.

During Microsoft meetings last week, the company reportedly demonstrated Halo 4being streamed to a Surface tablet and a Windows Phone. This was achieved at "Xbox-level visual quality," CNET's source said.

Noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott added some additional insight on Rio, based on information from his own sources.

"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 on his site. "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. In the future. Maybe."

Microsoft hinted at tapping into the power of the cloud for backward compatibility on the Xbox One earlier this month.

"There are so many things that the servers can do. 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," senior Xbox director Albert Penello said at the time. "We just have to figure out, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience."

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dogbert784
dogbert784

I thought Mattrick said it was backwards thinking? Besides, there are no XB360 games worth playing on XB1. 

jackatgamespot
jackatgamespot

So... They're going to solve the backward-compatibility issue, but I'm still fucked because I have Hughesnet? Brilliant!

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

So is it going to be as crap as the slums in Rio?

blackace
blackace

Awesome. If they can get full XBox 360 and XBox game B/C using their Azure servers that would be insane. Especially if all you have to do is insert your existing disk into the XB1 and you could stream and play it.

yaba
yaba

I've used OnLive, but the response time was not reasonable in twitch heavy game play like FPS. It was fine for slower game like real time strategy, RPGs, sports, driving, or hack and slash games. Not a bad compromise, but first person shooters are the games Xbox is generally associated with.    

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

im still tryna figure out everday on wtf imma do with all my ps3 games once the ps4 comes out when I know most of the online support for those games are gonna be shut down sooner or later.....i wish i could jus install all my ps3 games on ps4 at launch where we  want have use cloud services

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

streaming what? xbox and 360 games? nothing really that you couldnt get anywhere else.

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand ....

StHapns247
StHapns247

Why didn't MS just buy OnLive when they were going bankrupt? They didn't fail because of the technology, they failed because of mismanagement.

I've used OnLive a few times and think the response time is certainly reasonable. Online multiplayer is always going to be an issue with something like this, but even now there's lag.

Gargus
Gargus

Too little too late. This feels more like a "Hey guys! Hey over here! We can do what sony does also Please like us?!"

Doesn't effect me though I don't do digital or streaming games and I am getting a PS4this holiday.

pboontap
pboontap

just a question here, but if this and gakai are like netflix, then how are devs to be paid for short shitty games that last like 8 hours? i damn sure ain't buying them if i can stream them for a day

Zloth2
Zloth2

Uh Google?  I think it's time to get the lead out of Google Fiber and start pushing.  Hard.

Oh frak - now that Duran Duran song is getting stuck in my head!

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not interested in this, but I liked that animated movie Rio with the singing birds. 

Heh. 

grove12345
grove12345

My question with this whole cloud supporting the inferior X1 hardware, is what if you dont have a good connection or any connection. Can you even play some of these games that would eventually be supported?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Rio?

Maybe a new Samba de Amigo too???

aboki808
aboki808

it's a nice idea if it doesn't require an xbox one to use this service.  They I can have it as a service to play on the PC or whatever streaming device possible.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Really not a fan of streaming games, sometimes its playable if you have a good ping to the server which is really down to a multitude of variables ie location, time of day & isp.. but a lot of the time there's a very noticeable delay, like MS has  said the latency is ok for a simple single player game but outside of that is a tall order... and 45ms is a pretty good ping, in my experience when it comes to this kind of service you can expect less than 100.

slimskelter
slimskelter

Then use it to allow us to transfer our 360 Live games.

blackace
blackace

@SeanD1972Here name was Lola, she was a showgirl. With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there.

pwc2
pwc2

@Gargus Same here for the most part. Maybe small games like Uno. But I  hate using a bulk of hard drive space, if I can get them on disc instead.

rayonmachristie
rayonmachristie

@Gargus "Too little too late" Sony have not even released their service yet and its not due to 2014 in SOME parts of the world. You need to come back from 2014 its still 2013 here.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@pboontap I don't think it's subscription based (apart from gold being a necessity like always).. I think you have to buy the game, then can stream it as much or as little as you like.

phbz
phbz

@SiLenTWarrior29 Rio mens River. I think now you understand how it connects with the word Stream. 

1stormbringer77
1stormbringer77

@Zloth2 Then watch "Rush in Rio". That outta help you get rid of Duran Duran. I'm a Drummer & have seen Rush in concert more times than I can count,starting with the "Permanent Waves" tour.

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@grove12345 MS has stated that all launch games at least will be playable without cloud support. It's why Forza had to go back and do some recoding. In other words if you are serious and are getting an XB1 and are worried about cloud support don't be. If you are just trolling well you don't want to know what I think about that.

furrynic
furrynic

@grove12345 Inferior hardware? What is the whole logic of your question? You practically saying that X1 inferior hardware is gonna have problem running xbox 360 games? lol! X1 Hardware if a very powerful one, and it should be able to run any game as long as you have the right connection. You should be worry about who's' your cable provider and if you paying for a fast connection or a slow one.

DVONvX
DVONvX

@grove12345 So tired of hearing about people with bad internet connections. Just get a ps4 if you're internet is crap. 

JaCkk210
JaCkk210

@rayonmachristie @Gargus fanboys live in the future^^

they know ps4 is the best console ever made...before its launch...they know xbox one is a pile of #$%¨...before its launch...thats why i dont argue with them xD

tom2750
tom2750

@DVONvX @grove12345 or just get a ps4 no matter what as its a better console and what does this have to do with getting a ps4 if your internet is crap anyway this article is about a feature that the Xbox one will be getting a feature Sony announced the ps4 will also have and they announced it months ago

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@DVONvX @grove12345 A lot of folks are going to buy the PS4 then.  Only people in Chicago, LA, and NY are going to get the Xbox One?

benherd
benherd

@tom2750 @JaCkk210 That is the most information conveyed in a single sentence..ever.

Great job, Tom.

Next post, if you can also make it coherent, you'll really be on to something.

JaCkk210
JaCkk210

@tom2750 @JaCkk210 all that hate for a comment can only drive people to think 2 things about you....

1st...your angry and stupidity means you are a teenager or even more younger.

2nd... you are transpiring fanboysm

and somepeople will say you have serious relationship problems as well...

pspearman
pspearman

@tom2750 @JaCkk210 You can tell by that ludicrous wall of garbled text that you are too emotionally involved.

Sit back, relax and breathe. You will enjoy life more.

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@tom2750 @JaCkk210 WTF was that!? It's like I just got hit by a crazy bomb. Did someone just push the console war quick start button?

tom2750
tom2750

@JaCkk210 we know the ps4 is a lot better then the Xbox one buy the info both Sony and Microsoft have released moron have fun with your inferior hardware a console made by a company who is well known to be very shit in the exclusives department the Wii and ps3 absolutely destroyed the 360 in exclusives and that's a good sign that Sony will do it again since all its first party studios are known for making amazing games and Sony already said that all there first party studios have at least 1 game each in development they just haven't announced them yet so Sony win in hardware and most likely exclusives as well then there is the price the ps4 is $100 cheaper then you have value for everything else Microsoft is locking everything behind a pay wall even little things like recording gameplay which btw you can only record 5 mins on the Xbox one compared to 15 mins on the ps4 and they also keep other simple things like an internet browser behind a pay wall or even net flix something people already pay a separate subscription fee to use the only thing Sony keep behind a pay wall is online multiplayer that is it nothing else unlike Microsoft keeping almost every online thing behind a pay wall and if you pay for play station plus you  get dozens of free games you get no free games with Xbox live on the Xbox one even on the 360 they are going to stop giving free games out in a couple of months and they only gave 2 free games a month anyway plus they were very old games and sometimes shit games as well for example they gave 360 users a free card game lol so once they stop giving out free games they would have given them out for 6 months at 2 games a month that equals 12 games in total and they are all either really old or really shit if I had play station plus since it launched I would have gotten over 100 free games maybe over 200 free games and they are usually all pretty new and ALL games Sony has given out on play station plus has to have a minimum of an 80 meta critic score so Sony has given out about 200 free games all with at least a score of 80 on meta critic and most are pretty new at the time they are given out the ps4 also lets you change hard drives so i could put my own 2tb or 3tb hard drive in my ps4 if I want so yep I think its safe to say the ps4 is a better console and that Sony is a better gaming company and always has been