Microsoft Operating Systems Group is building an all-new streaming service designed for apps and video games, codenamed Arcadia.
According to sources close to Zdnet, Arcadia will be a replacement for Rio, a canceled streaming service which ended development back in 2013.
The mention of “core platforms” could mean that there are big plans for Arcadia.
The sources say that Arcadia was originally developed so that users may be able to stream Android apps and games on their Windows devices. This would be a worthwhile service for certain types of programs which aren’t currently available on Microsoft’s Windows Store.
The website’s sources also state that this primary function has since been “tabled” with the focus now diverting over to “leveraging many app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft’s core platforms.”
The mention of “core platforms” could mean that there are big plans for Arcadia. Microsoft’s cross-platform PC and Xbox ecosystem would allow the company to bring any benefits from one easily onto the other. For example, streaming PC games to Xbox One (or more likely its successor) and vice versa.