“Really exciting” cloud features heading to Xbox

Microsoft is taking its Xbox brand higher into the clouds, it would seem.

Gamasutra reports that Microsoft’s Brian Prince teased upcoming plans over the weekend. Speaking at GDC China, Prince said: “You will be seeing things in the Xbox platform that are cloud-specific. I’m already doing it, it’s really exciting, but I can’t tell you about it or else I’ll get fired.”

Prince faintly likened the plans to services like OnLive, stating: “These are really gaming platforms as a service. There are some limitations here, but I really do think this is the distant future of gaming in the cloud.

“You lose a little bit about how people are finding and playing your game, which can be important,” he said. “And this is yet another publisher you have to deal with…another contract you have to sign.”

Interestingly enough, no specific mention of the 360 was made, suggesting that these “exciting” features could instead be on the next Xbox platform if not some sort of integration with Microsoft’s Windows Phones. It may be a long way off, but we’ll look to E3 2012 for this sort of reveal.