Microsoft Reportedly Gearing ‘Arcadia’ Up for Game Streaming
Microsoft is reportedly setting up a new team that's going to be working on a video game-streaming service for the company's core platforms. Take a wild guess what platforms those could be.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft is looking at ways at expanding its operating systems when it comes to video game-based services. The Big M is hiring workers to develop its existing works, as well as a new project that goes by the code name "Arcadia." According to ZDNet's sources, Arcadia is a new streaming technology being developed by Microsoft's Operating Systems wing. Arcadia is replacing the old Rio game-streaming technology that was demoed back in 2013. It will be using Microsoft's Azure cloud to stream both apps and games. Of course, none of this has really been officially confirmed by Microsoft, so please take it with a grain of salt.
Here are two Microsoft job postings, the first mentions the Arcadia project and the other mentions a new streaming team but omits the codename:
"The Operating Systems Group (OSG) Arcadia team is leveraging many new app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft's core platforms. We are looking for bright, talented engineers to help the next big thing for Microsoft.
"The ideal candidate is self-motivated, experienced, driven, collaborative, and flexible. The candidate seeks the simplest and most elegant solution to complex technical and business challenges. The candidate has a 'get it done' attitude, but ensured that quality is never compromised. Working on a 'v1' product team should excite you and motivate you to ship something that's never been shipped before."
"The new Operating Systems Group (OSG) Streaming team is leveraging the cloud to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft's core platforms. These experiences take advantage of a new geo-distributed massively scaling service to redefine what is possible on today's devices.
"The client team is building the user facing application(s), bridging the service and devices together seamlessly. Our team is a small but growing and dedicated to solving one of Microsoft's biggest business challenges in a creative fashion."
It is likely Microsoft won't be revealing the Arcadia tech at next month's big Windows 10 press conference due to it still being in the early stages of development. Nevertheless, with Xbox head Phil Spencer speaking at the event, we have high hopes for the future.