Remember when everybody thought Don Mattrick was a super-exciting and cool guy before he was blamed for all the early Xbox One marketing cock-ups? Before he went to Zynga? Back then Don made what appeared to be a very glib comment...
"If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards," said Don
referring to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. Well, Don was speaking the truth...
According the The Verge, "In a meeting in New York this week, Microsoft's (senior director of product management and planning at Xbox) Albert Penello didn't call the pursuit backwards, but he did concede that experiments with streaming solutions had proven too "problematic" to be rolled out to consumers."
He went further too.
"As for Sony's plans to use its Gaikai service to stream older PlayStation titles to the PS4, Penello said, "I'll be really interested to see how our friends in the Bay Area [at PlayStation] deal with this problem. But I can tell you, it's totally possible. We like it, we're fans of the cloud. We're not shy about that."
The problem is referring to is the fact the using the Cloud for backwards compatibility is, "really cool and really problematic, all at the same time, insofar as it's really super cool if you happen to have the world's most awesome internet connection. It works way better than you'd expect it to.
"So managing quality of service, the tolerance people will have for it being crappy. Can you imagine, in this day and age, with the bad information around, and we can't control the quality of that experience and make sure it's good, or have to tell people they can't do it?"