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Windows 8 To Have Agwai Support – The Cloud Gaming Platform

With Sony purchasing cloud gaming platform Gaikai , it was safe to assume that Microsoft would not be far behind in this race, and they will eventually get themselves a cloud gaming platform too.

Well, that has come true, and Microsoft has partnered themselves with Agawi to bring Facebook social and “mid-core” games, web-based MMOs and “core” PC games to Windows 8 devices via the cloud. Could it come to the Xbox 720 as well?

According to Agawi’s company profile, the streaming platform is capable of supporting Apple’s iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablets, Smart TVs, PCs, Macs and more. It already supports 3 million users in over 150 countries that are playing thousands of social, mid-core, and hard-core games from leading publishers on their iPads and PCs, the company said.

The cloud gaming platform works with leading game publishers, online retailers, OEMs and network operators to deliver quality gaming experiences anytime, anywhere. It is committed to providing high-performance, scalable and cost-effective solutions to a variety of business models through its state-of-the-art streaming technology.

Agawi was formerly known as ‘iSwifter’ – the name of its app, which enables the viewing of Flash-based content on non-Flash devices such as Apple iOS using cloud streaming techniques.

Microsoft has also issued a statement regarding the new development they have made in this genre of gaming:

Game developers want to focus on building great games, not worrying about back-end issues like scalability and platform management. With Windows Azure, Agawi 2.0 enables developers to make high-performance games easily accessible across devices with the high-quality graphics and virtually instant game downloads. For gamers, Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience that opens the door to exciting new form factors.

Microsoft has promised to bring “streamed high-speed triple-AAA game play” on the new OS. Agawi is slated to go live alongside Windows 8 in late October.