Microsoft's Xbox One could eventually be backwards compatible using the capabilities of the cloud. Microsoft's senior director Albert Penello told Gamespot that the cloud has many capabilities that Microsoft is still exploring.

Penello states that the cloud could offer backwards compatibility using streaming to make available older content and games. Much as services like Gaikai and Onlive that bring great classics to PCs.

"That's one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people. 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," said Penello.

"But 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. We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience."

It would be great to throwback to some of the classics from the huge release library of the Xbox. What games would you play if you still had the original Xbox? Crimson Skies anyone?

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[Via Gamespot]