New Microsoft Console is Free?

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There is a guy named Bruce. Bruce likes to write about games. Bruce therefore created a site named

Bruce has written an article, which although speculative, has a few interesting points about the possible future of console gaming. He states that using server technology together with a set top box, users will be able to access a wealth of games such as MMO’s casual games, old classics and can possibly integrate a whole lot of community oriented applications or games.

Sound interesting? Read more about it after the jump.

Now, because the set top box is so simple and so many of the tasks are handled by the servers, the actual technology itself will be very simple and very cheap, to the point that it could even be given away free when a consumer signs up for the service. The technology could even be built into DVD players and for all I know, fridges as well.

Now, while the title of his article is “The Free Upcoming Microsoft Console”, he states that companies such as Sony, Samsung, Philips or even Google could do something like this but he thinks that it would probably be Microsoft as they have the necessary resources to make it a reality.

I remember hearing a couple years ago (more like 10), that Bill Gates had been speaking about something very similar whereby all of your applications and work would be stored in servers and your actual PC could be as low spec as a 486 or Pentium 1. Now, times have changed an awful lot, but it will be interesting to see if something like this ever sees the light of day.


Last Updated: July 22, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • janrik

    There was another article on how they could do this with mobile gaming devices.

    Pretty interesting stuff.

  • Kale

    My question is: how will this effect under developed countries? The concept of the box essentially being a send and receive port where all the data is processes elsewhere is great, but how would a connection handle a game like Crysis running on an American server with the client being here in SA (for example)? I don’t see this coming to mainstream fruition for some time, well at least I hope so or we will be screwed. Imagine Telkom being the company that handles gaming in South Africa — Well that’s my 5c worth anyway

  • janrik

    Do you really think we feature anywhere on any planning list?

  • Lydon

    Eish…the bandwidth that would use 😯

  • Well technologically, this already exists in the PC world and is just an extension of PSP remote play. personally I don’t see it happening an time soon. Those render processes have to reside somewhere, so rather make the consumer pay for it.

  • Kale

    Sadly you are so right… 😥

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