Microsoft Building a New Service That Could Stream Xbox Games to Phones and Tablets
Ever since Satya Nadella took the helm of Microsoft in February, the company has gradually been shifting its focus to cloud computing. Nadella declared unequivocally that cloud and mobile were first, and that a device is of no use if it’s not connected to the cloud. Now the software giant moves one step forward: Microsoft is developing a new service that could potentially put all that computing power to better use than ever.
Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new service, codenamed Arcadia, that could stream games and apps to all the Windows devices, computers, phones, and tablets alike.
According to a report published by ZDNet, Arcadia is built right on top of Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The service is focused on games, specifically running Xbox games remote and then streaming them to phones or tablets. But it also will stream more applications beyond just that.
Sources tell the publication that Microsoft officials also considered using the Arcadia technology to put Android apps and games on Windows devices. Though the idea of using Arcadia has been tabled for now, the idea of bringing Android apps in another way is still out there.
ZDNet also reported a recent Microsoft job listing that explicitly mentions the Arcadia codename:
The Operating Systems Group (OSG) Arcadia team is leveraging many new app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft’s core platforms. We are looking for bright, talented engineers to help the next big thing for Microsoft.
The job post mentions experience on mobile OSes other than Microsoft’s as a plus. While this insinuates Microsoft’s strategy to bring iOS/Android apps to its own platform so that it could boost the sale of Surfaces, Xboxes and Lumia phones — it’s quite possible that the tech giant might be planning to run this new streaming service on non-Windows devices.
Microsoft’s big consumer-focused Windows 10 event is coming next month, where the company is also expected to talk about Windows gaming. So it’s possible for Microsoft to take the wraps off Arcadia there. Or it could just wait until it ships Windows 10, which is set to launch by fall 2015.