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Xbox One features may include Rio streaming in 2014

Last week we informed you about a very interesting rumor related to the new Xbox One console. It was all about the possibility of streaming Xbox 360 titles on the new system, a feature that would obviously have a massive amount of interest among users since the console won’t be able to playback Xbox 360 discs out of the box.

Now it looks like it wasn’t just a mere rumor, but a feature that could be Microsoft’s big answer to Sony and Gaikai’s streaming plans in 2014. A fresh report has emerged this week, again referencing the fact that Microsoft showed their streaming secret behind closed doors at a company event.

Furthermore, the report by CNET also offers a potential name for the service for the very first time – Rio. This service could be Microsoft’s way of offering a method of backwards compatibility for the Xbox One and it looks like one title that is already supported for Rio is Halo 4.

What’s interesting is that the source also suggests that Rio could be used for a lot more than just gaming purposes, such as streaming Microsoft Office applications to other devices as well. This leads us to believe that this could be a massive plan in the making and Microsoft may be forced to speed up plans with a public announcement soon.

Was it all a masterplan?
Was it all a masterplan?

The gaming community already knows that PS3 titles will be available on the PS4 via Gaikai, but Microsoft could end up having the last laugh if Rio turns out to be a cheaper and more efficient option. Either way, it looks like it is win win for the consumers and we just pray that there will be some price incentive for those looking to stream a game that they already own on disc.

Things are starting to get very exciting indeed. As we await further information on this, give us your thoughts on Microsoft potentially bringing their Rio streaming service to Xbox One.

Tell us what Xbox 360 games you would be willing to stream over for a price.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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