Microsoft Pairs up With Agawi to Create Windows 8 Cloud Gaming
Cloud streaming platform Agawi to bring cloud-based gaming to Windows 8 using Windows Azure. You will be able to stream Facebook games as well as midcore and hardcore titles to products that run Windows 8, which includes tablets, phones, and PC’s. Popular high tier games will be fit for being played in the next coming months.
Competing against an innovative and unique service such as OnLive, the future for cloud gaming is uncertain. Yet Microsoft and Agawi remain determined to move ahead with this system with a pledge to delivering “any game, anywhere, instantly.” High tier game devlopers will have the possibility to provide instant play on Windows 8 devices while chucking the need to port or alter code.
Microsoft VP Walid Abu-Hadba mentioned “Game developers want to focus on building great games, not worrying about back-end issues like scalability and platform management.” Executive chairman Peter Relan says high tier games will work on a tablet. The decision is up to the publisher. Agawi supports everything from virtual controllers to swipe control and physical controllers, such as providing full support for an Xbox 360 console controller.
The downside is that Agawi is developed on x86 (32bit) build architecture. Which means it won’t run on Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet, which requires ARM processing, though it will run on a Surface Pro, which kicks an i5 Intel. Relan also states the technology should run on Windows 8 phones, though it seems like those phones will need some juiced up hardware for it to fly. Though it doesn’t seem like a huge issue, as game developers have provided constant and long lasting adventure for gamers.