Xbox in the clouds

Microsoft has told us about the cloud, and they’ve told us about the Kinect, but apparently we just don’t see why they’re so awesome. Now, we get a new video spelling it out for us – and to be honest, I think it’s pretty cool. Kinect may still be creepy, but at least it’s not ONLY creepy.

The new video, titled “Xbox One is built for the Future”, starts by explaining the cloud system. As Albert Panello, Director of Product Planning, states:

Any Xbox One in the world is your Xbox.

While he’s not inciting shoplifting or stealing, Panello does have a point. Log in (through the power of the cloud) to any Xbox One, and you will have all your save data, achievements and page settings. Honestly, it’s what we’ve come to expect thanks to Google. Still, a real nice thing to have. They seem to gloss over the idea of dedicated servers; I would love to know if we will also be getting local ones.

Graeme Boyd and Panello go on to discuss the Kinect. Panello assures viewers that the console will still work without the Kinect. You can play games and watch as much TV as you like without the peripheral. However, by using the Kinect, you can pass your controller to your friend and it will know that there is a different person playing, and link that gameplay to their Xbox profile. Guess that means people will have to find a different way to cheat on their achievements. Also, you can go all futuristic on the Xbox One – telling it to record you.

Check out the video here:

Convinced yet? I like what I’m seeing about the Xbox One – Microsoft seems to be trying hard to overcome their previous PR disasters – but do you guys trust them again? Did you ever?

Last Updated: October 16, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

55 Comments

  1. Martin du preez

    October 16, 2013 at 07:52

    I’m as convinced as I was when I first saw Peter Molyneux’s bastard child Milo. Let’s see how this works IRL MS.

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    • oVg

      October 16, 2013 at 08:26

      After the 7th gen I will never trust any of the big 3 ever again.

      I think a PC is the best bet considering that the term Console died with the PS2.

      LOOOOOK ITS FUCKING MILO. IT CAN DO EVERYTHING!!!!! LIES

      THE CLOUD IS A LIE. WHO OWNS THE CLOUD? WHO GAINS FROM IT? WHO HAS ACCESS TO YOUR INFORMATION.

      The future is becoming a massive DATA FARM thanks to the Lemming collective. The kids of today will never know the term OWNERSHIP like we did. It is all a service plans. CARS WITH NO WHEELS.

      TIME FOR MY COFFEE AND VALIUM πŸ˜›

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 16, 2013 at 08:29

        Sure the Governments have access to it, well the FBI for sure! Sure any of the guys maintaining the cloud servers can access live stream to any households kinect. Take still images or video put them on a flash drive. Sure the amount of stuff they have already is mind blowing.. That Valium comes in handy I’m sure!

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        • oVg

          October 16, 2013 at 08:32

          SURE dont look pretty.

          Give it 50 years and it will be sense offender time.

          http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww346/WWbabs/tumblr_m4qoadyW7z1rwzu75o1_500.gif

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 16, 2013 at 08:37

            Where is that from? can’t put my finger on it..

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 16, 2013 at 08:40

            Equilibrium (thank God for spellcheck!)

          • Skyblue

            October 16, 2013 at 08:42

            Was a very cool movie, Gun Kata FTW!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 16, 2013 at 08:44

            I remember now! thanks

          • oVg

            October 16, 2013 at 08:42

            The future. when everybody finally gets their heads out of the CLOUDS of Corporate ownership, AND FINALLY TOUCH SOMETHING with their own hands.

            A control manual will be a good start, AND NO FCKING PASS CODES shoved in there PLEASE

          • NecroRince

            October 16, 2013 at 08:44

            What you said sir.

          • oVg

            October 16, 2013 at 08:53

            Give me a fat cartridge anytime. This one still works πŸ™‚ and the save files are still on there. NO SERVER REQUIRED.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 16, 2013 at 08:48

            Clouds will just get bigger every year! With the rate technology is moving at in 20 years this world might resemble the one in movie Looper or close. Sure adverts will pop up and change like in the movies we seen, change accordingly to meet what we have watched or played as it is all on the cloud servers. ID, Tel, Postal address, Residence… ect This is all just the start, I am afraid…

          • oVg

            October 16, 2013 at 09:13

            Then solar flare will cause a massive EMP pulse and hopefully dissipate these stupid clouds.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 16, 2013 at 08:26

      I really wish they made Milo… Seemed kinda cool.

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      • oVg

        October 16, 2013 at 08:27

        Why? the little shit could not even do his own homework. πŸ˜›

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 16, 2013 at 08:31

          I wanted to swear that little fucker out!! hahaha tell him “do you’re own bloody homework you ass wipe!”

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          • oVg

            October 16, 2013 at 08:56

            lol and having PETER the pumpkin eater sell the Kinect to us left a sour taste in my mouth.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 16, 2013 at 13:11

      Milo is like the cloud… A LIE!!

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  2. bandit766

    October 16, 2013 at 07:55

    Microsoft has an existing server infrastructure in a huge number of countries, I’m sure we’ll be catered for

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  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 16, 2013 at 07:59

    The tech is great. What they want to achieve is great.

    But they forget that most of the world can’t use these features to their fullest yet.

    Now getting in to the race early and cementing your own little position before everyone else is a fantastic idea and shows some very forward, rational thinking. The problem is that they are trying to make it a necessity RIGHT NOW which, let’s be honest, the world is not ready for yet.

    All of this should be added value. Not a requirement to use the Xbox.

    That was my argument from when all this XBox stuff started. It looks like they are starting to catch the drift and realize that these features are far more value by being given as choice instead of requirements to use the product. They may actually pull this off and win the console race.
    Maybe.

    We shall see

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  4. Pieter Kruger

    October 16, 2013 at 08:09

    So with the IR blaster I can actually also control my TV & HiFi with voice and Project Spark is also going to be free to play by Silver Xbox Live users? Cool! MS is releasing a bunch of informative videos this week (2 a day I think) while PS is still debating whether the RLOD is real or not! ????

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    • Jonah Cash

      October 16, 2013 at 08:17

      I don’t know about this controlling things with voice, I have a iPhone 5 and Siri don’t understand my English all that well…. I also have a Samsung TV that can be controlled with voice and gestures, I use the remote….I get why some would like to control things with voice commands, I am unfortunately not one of them. Maybe in 10 years time when it can understand my Afrikaans accent I might try it again, till then I will do all the hard work to point the remote at the TV and press the button…

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 16, 2013 at 08:21

        I must admit it’s not 100% but even searching for songs on Xbox Music by voice seems to be working rather well for me! ????

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        • Pieter Kruger

          October 16, 2013 at 08:37

          HaHa, Hipsters be down voting early today?! ????

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 16, 2013 at 08:38

            Perhaps they are jealous!

          • NecroRince

            October 16, 2013 at 09:13

            I noted, and have upvoted! BOOM! Hipsters be damned!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 16, 2013 at 08:22

        We have gotten used to the “button”

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 16, 2013 at 08:19

      Is one of those videos the date when it gets released in SA and the price?

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 16, 2013 at 08:25

        Yes it does in fact! 2018, and to be priced at R32k. What a bargain! .

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  5. Ir0nseraph

    October 16, 2013 at 08:31

    HMMMM “cloud processing is a idea that they can start offloading some off the compute on to the cloud”
    The xbox one doesn’t have the same power as the PS4 and there cloud gaming hasn’t been proven yet , I will wait and see if the xbox lives up to the hype , for now the PS4 is a day one purchase but the xbox and steambox will be competing for the second home console spot.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 16, 2013 at 08:33

      The cloud could help in the future, but the catch is, you need a very fast and very stable internet connection. In most countries that is no achieved or even close to being achieved.

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      • Ir0nseraph

        October 16, 2013 at 08:50

        That is true and that’s why it is a american console first , perfect for them no remote all the movies and TV at one place it almost makes sense in the USA , but in good ol SA I just want to play games on my console for now

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        • Pieter Kruger

          October 16, 2013 at 09:24

          You too, definitely not ready for next gen, have of these instead please!

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          • Ir0nseraph

            October 16, 2013 at 09:50

            Or I am just not lazy

  6. Brenz

    October 16, 2013 at 08:33

    Yeah some nice gimmicks, especially the creepy as fuck kinect checking out your every move, and it listens to everything you say too, great, cant think why i wouldnt want that.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 16, 2013 at 08:36

      Would not be surprised as soon as you mention bomb, or terrorists ect, starts recording…

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      • Brenz

        October 16, 2013 at 08:42

        thats it, with all the spying allegations already in the US do you expect me to believe that that MS will not give access of this feature to nosy government organisations?
        Not only that, do you expect me to believe that they wont sell this information to other companies for marketing and sales purposes?
        Thanks but ill stick to the console that plays games, which is why i bought the console, to play games, not to sit there like a slob speaking all my commands to a creepy box.

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        • NecroRince

          October 16, 2013 at 09:14

          Totally agree with you here. Way too tempting for all of them

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        • Pieter Kruger

          October 16, 2013 at 09:22

          You sir, are not ready for next gen, have one of these instead! ????

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          • Brenz

            October 16, 2013 at 09:33

            I just have no need for their super awesome features.
            I am a simple man and I have simple tastes, I want my console to play games as intended, and do it properly and efficiently, with no bullshit thrown in to try and put stars in my eyes.
            My console will play the best versions of games, have the best exclusives and give the best overall experience as a gamer.
            I dont even watch TV ffs…..

          • Pieter Kruger

            October 16, 2013 at 09:38

            Ahhh, so you’re a PC man?

          • Brenz

            October 16, 2013 at 09:41

            pfft, no.
            Sony til I die yo, that be how I roll, what waaaaaaat!

          • Pieter Kruger

            October 16, 2013 at 10:13

            Oh, but you said “best versions of games”! LOL!

          • Brenz

            October 16, 2013 at 10:14

            phew, thats quite a comment coming from an xbox fanboy….

      • MacDoodle

        October 16, 2013 at 08:50

        Man, in the US you can be guaranteed this will happen, have you ever tried flying in the US ? Its an absolute nightmare body searches body scanners remove clothing have hands coated in solution and checked, have the TSA rumage through your luggage, make sure you have TSA locks there cos if you don’t your lovely suit cases will be broken when you get them back

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    • MacDoodle

      October 16, 2013 at 08:38

      Whats worse MS willingly supplying this information to the highest bidder or someone hacking it and making your life a misery? Eish they can keep it, no sale here

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 16, 2013 at 08:40

        Don’t need to pay highest bidder, hackers will break those servers WIDE open!

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  7. FoxOneZA

    October 16, 2013 at 08:48

    If you’re worried about Kinect spying on you then you are hiding some nefarious activity at your place πŸ˜›

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 16, 2013 at 08:49

      What about all those couples getting it on, on the couch??

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 16, 2013 at 08:48

    I wish PC/Steam could synch user data across different machines. That would be so cool.

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    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 16, 2013 at 09:23

      Ummm, it can. Or are you trollin?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 16, 2013 at 09:25

        Me?

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  9. Drizzt

    October 16, 2013 at 10:49

    I still highly doubt 80% of the things discussed in this video will be available in South Africa.

    We still have no local voice support for kinect. We have no local servers. We have get 40% of XBL content. Why would MS suddenly care? Yea the cloud is great but so is having a spots car but with no petrol or roads to drive it on it’s just nice to talk about.

    Without decent internet speeds or online access for that matter the cloud serves no benefit. Local servers would certainly solve the speed problem. I just can’t see Microsoft making the investment here, we will likely have to connect to UK/US servers.

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  10. Weanerdog

    October 16, 2013 at 11:02

    Big brother + Skynet, what could go wrong

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  11. Pieter Kruger

    October 16, 2013 at 11:24

    FREE dedicated servers for all developers, FREE off loadable calculations to the cloud for all developers! MS you greedy bastards!!

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