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Xbox's 'Cloud Power' in video and infographic form

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Guess what guys, next generation consoles are about to be released! Although, technically the Wii U is next gen and has already been released, but hey, let’s forget about that. I’m preparing to share my cats’ food in order to afford both the Xbox One and the PS4, but some of you are still debating. But look, there’s more information to sway you!

First up is an infographic that’s pretty light on the info but heavy on the graphic:

So, essentially that’s an entire infographic to tell us about the 300k servers and get some nice quotes from the guys who are bringing TitanFall and COD: Ghosts.Β 

Next up is a video that looks like it was shot by Gavin after a few too many beers – really guys, did no one check the focus on this? Graeme Boyd of Xbox speaks to Forza’s Creative Director Dan Greenawalt about how the cloud will make gaming better, but to me it ends up sounding like a description of SkyNet.

I’m sure these features will be interesting and add value to the game, I just really wish it didn’t sound like the start to every dystopian game, movie and book.Β 

Last Updated: August 28, 2013

90 Comments

  1. Pieter Kruger

    August 28, 2013 at 09:29

    Just having dedicated servers already frees up resources on the console without even getting into cloud computing etc. so the Xbox cloud is definitely a good thing!

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  2. InsanityFlea

    August 28, 2013 at 09:32

    With our latency and line speeds we wont benefit much.

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    • CypherGate

      August 28, 2013 at 10:21

      So sad yet so true.

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    • Brian Murphy

      August 28, 2013 at 14:35

      Anyone’s latency wouldn’t be sufficient to support games in the manner that Microsoft describes. Consoles->Server->Console requires too much time no matter how you flip it, sure, a faster connection will increase it’s application, but not really fast enough to do anything that’d help in a substantial way.

      Some AI? Sure, matchmaking, sure. But real-time in-game resources? Nope. It’s sorta like when Microsoft said Blu Ray was useless, and that digital downloads would take over. Hasn’t happened yet, has it? 10 years later.

      There’s also the fact that Sony hasn’t said anything about this regarding their own cloud network (which happens to be the largest in the world). Why does this make a difference? Sony’s been ahead of the game for most of this hype train, and since they already have the servers in place (running Kepler GPU’s, using Nvidia’s GRID Technology), they could very easily make the same claims. Why aren’t they? Probably because it’s a not going to be as useful as advertised.

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  3. Dean

    August 28, 2013 at 09:33

    One statement about dedicated servers for processing: Error 37

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    • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

      August 28, 2013 at 09:35

      Agreed.

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    • FoxHoundR - NO LONGER TROLLING

      August 28, 2013 at 13:22

      fail! error 37 is blizzard fail not microsoft.

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      August 28, 2013 at 18:41

      @FoxhoundR: Error 37 was an error symptomatic of any kind of cloud computing. While Blizzard gave the error a code 37, it could very well have been an error 404 “Not found”. Basically what Dean refers to is the fact that we can expect the same BS that EVERY game so far working off the “cloud” got: Times we can’t play something because someone else has a problem.

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  4. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    August 28, 2013 at 09:35

    Awesome stuff. So now all game genres will have MMO attached to them MMOSHMUP, MMOJRPG,MMO-Hidden Object, MMOArcade, MMOPlatformer,MMO-Erotic Adult Games

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    • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

      August 28, 2013 at 09:37

      The problem is, even when you are offline your profile will carry on playing. I don’t want to return to a game and find my avatar eyeballs deep in dwarven skirt!

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      • John of Vault 11

        August 28, 2013 at 09:37

        Dwarven skirts are a problem

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        August 28, 2013 at 09:39

        Sounds iffy no?! Automatic level up. leave your character for a day to find he learnt a new branch in the skill tree.

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        • John of Vault 11

          August 28, 2013 at 09:40

          Some people actually thrive on that. I call them lazy ass fools.

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        • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

          August 28, 2013 at 09:51

          Exactly. One moment you’re levelling to an Elven Bladesinger, next you find your character working in an insurance call centre…

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          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 09:53

            So he was turned into a hipster after high school? trolol

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 09:53

            Good place for a silly Elf I say.

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:00

            There has NEVER been a silly elf, EVA!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 10:03

            well….

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:03

            What derogatory adjective do you prefer? trollol

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:04

            Right, box time motha funker!

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          August 28, 2013 at 09:56

          indeed – so this game is for people who don’t like actually playing their games?

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          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 09:58

            Playing games is so mainstream. Now you can be a gamer without actually playing games. Casual LvL over 9000

      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        August 28, 2013 at 09:47

        This sounds eerily like midget porn…

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        • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

          August 28, 2013 at 09:47

          I know not what you speak!

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          • Her Highness the Hipster

            August 28, 2013 at 09:54

            your drivatar learns from your behaviour – what are you teaching it?!

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 09:56

            It was just one time! 0-O I mean…

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            August 28, 2013 at 10:00

            I KNEW IT!!

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:05

            Oi, there is plenty room in @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus ‘s box, do you want to join him?!

          • John of Vault 11

            August 28, 2013 at 10:06

            He has his own box?? Rich bastard.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:07

            Master Box!

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:08

            Master, wait, what? 0-O

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            August 28, 2013 at 10:08

            No thanks, I have my own… πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:03

            and how many times did that 1 time happen? -_-

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            August 28, 2013 at 10:04

            1 time too many πŸ˜›

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:04

            I, I, I, *Throws poo and runs

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 09:56

            Oh SNAP!!!

        • John of Vault 11

          August 28, 2013 at 09:48

          Oh no. Not again.

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        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          August 28, 2013 at 09:48

          Nice one!! because…dwarf….teehee

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    • John of Vault 11

      August 28, 2013 at 09:37

      That MMO-Erotic is a bit disturbing. What if you end up in a devil’s threeway and you’re using the kinect?

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        August 28, 2013 at 09:38

        Welllllll, Better not cross swords then else all your Xbox friends will know

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      August 28, 2013 at 10:06

      Don’t forget that generally comes with oodles of unnecessary DLC

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      • John of Vault 11

        August 28, 2013 at 10:07

        You are the devil’s advocate

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 28, 2013 at 10:07

        Hidden object DLC – the hidden object LOL

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      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        August 28, 2013 at 10:07

        DLC in an hidden object game, $5 to add more objects to find

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        • John of Vault 11

          August 28, 2013 at 10:14

          That’s devious

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    • Fred

      August 30, 2013 at 11:18

      Sony Fanboy

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  5. John of Vault 11

    August 28, 2013 at 09:35

    Dat Forza

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  6. RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

    August 28, 2013 at 09:36

    Ahh, cloud servers. I have to say that when (repeat WHEN) we have a stable internet connection they may be quite cool. Up until then, nah.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      August 28, 2013 at 09:42

      when Telkom lets other companies in that would be a start, and neotel doesnt count… Damn monopoly run country… πŸ™

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      • John of Vault 11

        August 28, 2013 at 09:47

        I must say, I’ve never had a second’s worth of problems with my internet. Got it through Mweb. Telkom’s line rental is a bee-haatch though.

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      August 28, 2013 at 09:45

      Stable is one thing, price…an entirely different issue

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  7. Brenz

    August 28, 2013 at 09:37

    It first studies you before it destroys you…

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    • Matthew Holliday

      August 28, 2013 at 09:53

      Glad Im not the only one who thought “skynet”

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 28, 2013 at 09:42

    Choo Choo

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      August 28, 2013 at 09:43

      mother f$#%er

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      August 28, 2013 at 09:44

      Trains powered by the cloud, latency causes delays, I guess our trains are already cloud powered

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  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 28, 2013 at 09:45

    I must say, that infographic looks really nice on my PC, how does it display on a console? *innocent look*

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    • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

      August 28, 2013 at 09:49

      XD

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    • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

      August 28, 2013 at 09:49

      You shut up, or the box comes out!

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      • John of Vault 11

        August 28, 2013 at 09:54

        Box like doos?

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        • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

          August 28, 2013 at 09:58

          That escalated quickly… 0-O

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          • John of Vault 11

            August 28, 2013 at 09:59

            Well, to be fair to the console folk, the pc boxes are actually bigger. (I know I’m shooting myself in the foot, but us pc gamers are nice that way)

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 10:00

            Bigger is not always better. It’s how you use it

            EDIT: wait what are we talking about??

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:02

            That’s not what she said, before mumbling something about cute & laughing. :/ #foreverSP

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 28, 2013 at 10:04

            Man …… that is worse insult in the world
            Man :*Drops pants*
            Women : “Awwww cute”

          • John of Vault 11

            August 28, 2013 at 10:04

            That’s sad man.

          • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

            August 28, 2013 at 10:19

            0-O

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        August 28, 2013 at 09:56

        He’s not Solid Snake

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  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 28, 2013 at 09:52

    Honestly, I hope they’re not hyping this too much, because if reality falls short of fantasy there will be another crapstorm for MS to do a few 360s on.

    I remember when we went onto our lovely new always-online admin system I asked the guy in charge of implementation what happens when it goes down. The answer was, “That’ll never happen!” Two days later we were offline for a month.

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    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      August 28, 2013 at 10:00

      If they do a 360, then they would en up where they were… They would need to do a One80…

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 28, 2013 at 10:01

        Nah, that would be a turn-around, they’re going to spin πŸ˜‰

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  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    August 28, 2013 at 10:05

    That’s all good and well, but sadly the CLOUD IS A LIE!

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    • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

      August 28, 2013 at 10:08

      There you are. When are you gonna stick up for the cloud with Foxhound? trolol! πŸ˜‰

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 28, 2013 at 10:14

        “COD is the best, with cloud power it’s the bestest! Xbox One Day One!” Here fishy fishy.

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        • John of Vault 11

          August 28, 2013 at 10:16

          Too few bestest’s

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:17

            I stand corrected lol

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          August 28, 2013 at 10:19

          maybe COD will also use the SkyNet thing – your “shoot-atar” can go kill people and teabag them for you while you’re away!

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          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            August 28, 2013 at 10:26

            *”Retard-atar”

            There, fixed it for you πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 28, 2013 at 10:34

            or stand on the beach fishing πŸ˜€

    • John of Vault 11

      August 28, 2013 at 10:15

      Cloud heh

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      • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

        August 28, 2013 at 10:15

        And I think you replied to the wrong person! Ha!

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        • John of Vault 11

          August 28, 2013 at 10:15

          Fixed. Not very well, but fixed

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  12. Pieter Kruger

    August 28, 2013 at 10:12

    We have to keep up guys! Gaming is moving forward towards online play whether we like it or not. The only issue is of course Telkoms inability to provide decent access(and don’t forget Eskom, we’ll need juice to power our consoles in the 1st place!). I had this same argument on IGN with someone from America and I got the “at least we have electricity, America FCUK YEAH!” response! But I’m afraid he’s right, we cannot blame 1st world companies for our 3rd world problems! As for M$ offering cheap dedicated servers to developers, I’m sure developers will rather opt to spend millions on their own servers…..

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    • RinceThisDaExecutiveProducerEx

      August 28, 2013 at 10:16

      You just stop making sense, right now! Agreed though. Everything is going the online way, if we don’t like it, we must learn to go back to our GamesCubes PS1s and be happy with it.

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    • OVG

      August 28, 2013 at 10:35

      Even if we had super duper internet connections in this shit economy it is all so over the top. HELL if I wanted to do E SPORTS Ill do E SPORTS.

      Just give me my fucking R699 Blu-Ray game and let me own the final product so I can rest easy knowing I can still play the thing even if another anchor hits our fiber optic cable or HELLCOME have me on a 6 month waiting list to install an over expensive piece of shit.

      Who am I kidding, I bet the PS4 like the ONE is going to need some fucking 2000teraflop day one patch.

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  13. Stanley Watson

    August 28, 2013 at 11:48

    I know it is not advertised at all, but does the PS4 not contain any cloud capability? Not even in the future, like say, if they bring software updates to the system?

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  14. FoxHoundR - NO LONGER TROLLING

    August 28, 2013 at 13:22

    those that dont believe that the cloud is this hardcore are idiots. Microsoft is the only company that is next gen. PS4 is just PS3 with more memory. Xbox Won is xbox 360 X Hardcore power.

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  15. FoxHoundR - NO LONGER TROLLING

    August 28, 2013 at 13:23

    xbox won game set match

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  16. saneman

    August 28, 2013 at 14:11

    Oh marketing babble how you make the noobs excited.
    Cloud? please its called a server on the internet
    shhh don’t tell anyone but its just another fancy marketing term for internet
    You know… how Microsoft said there console was built from the ground to work with the cloud…
    Yeah complete rubbish, always online.. reversed
    ergo Cloud is just marketing hype for “internet”

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    • Pieter Kruger

      August 28, 2013 at 18:41

      You always so negative bro?

      Reply

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