Microsoft has submitted a patent for improving the content of vintage video games.

Microsoft is exploring ways to improve classic games when they are played online, or, if we're being technical, in the cloud.

According to a recent patent application by Microsoft, it describes a cloud-based streaming service that may instantly integrate undefined improvements in older games.

This would do away with the need for devoted gamers to provide fixes for games years after they are released.

This sounds fantastic on paper, but it's yet unclear how it will be put into practice.

Even if nothing else, Microsoft's plans for video game preservation have some value.

Microsoft's efforts might persuade Sony and Nintendo to treat video game preservation far more seriously, it is hoped.

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