Microsoft could use AI to help gamers seamlessly switch between games on xCloud

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Microsoft is looking at streaming as the future of Xbox and Windows gaming with xCloud. The company is also seemingly working hard on AI and a new report points at Microsoft attempting to plan a bridge between the two to allow gamers to move between games and platforms without downtime. Finished a session on your PC and wish to try out another title on Xbox? No problem, just head to your console and pick up where you left off on the big screen.

As reported by Windows United, the new technologies that Microsoft may unveil and use could allow gamers to take advantage of AI-enhanced cloud systems that anticipate games players will next play and prep titles in advanced. Here's a translated quote from the patent:

Embodiments of the present invention allow players to instantly access games and begin playing via an online service. To make the games available immediately, an online service keeps instances of games in active memory waiting for a player to be added. The game instances running in active memory are not tied to a player profile or an I / O channel of a game client. Once the player requests a game, the player profile of the player is loaded into the running game instance and an I / O channel is mapped by the game client to the game instance. From the player's point of view, the preinstalled game instances allow the player to navigate from game to game with very little delay. To optimize the use of server-side resources.

Think of it like how Netflix works, which is what Microsoft aims to turn the Xbox Game Pass into. You'll finish playing a title and wish to try out another, should the service anticipate this move, you'll be able to switch seamlessly. This would depend on your internet connection, of course.

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