Speaking to Gamespot, Microsoft senior director Albert Penello said that the Xbox One could eventually offer backwards compatibility through its cloud servers in a similar way to what Sony is planning to do with its Gaikia service.
“That’s one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people,” Penello said, in part. “Because what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin. When you say to the customer, we want the box to be connected, we want developers to know that the cloud is there. We’re really not trying to make up some phony thing.”
“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,” Penello added. “We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”