For some reason this wasn’t included in Microsoft’s recent press conference, but a letter from Xbox Live’s GM Marc Whitten posted on Engadget has announced that Xbox Live will be getting a cloud save system.
This’ll likely be for Gold users only, but does sound a lot more streamlined than the PS3’s system (for those with PlayStation Plus subscriptions). Instead of having to save, come out to the console’s menus, then sync up one-by-one, the 360’s implementation will allow you to select cloud storage straight from the save dialog.
Also announced are ‘beacons’. “We want to make it easy for you to connect with friends over your favorite games on Xbox LIVE, so we are introducing Beacons to the service,” reads the letter. “Beacons are a way to tell your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends that you want to play a game on Xbox LIVE. By setting a Beacon, you tell Xbox LIVE what you want to play. Then, Xbox LIVE lets you know when friends are playing or want to play the same game. With Beacons, no matter what you’re currently doing on Xbox LIVE your friends know that it’s ok to ask you to play your Beaconed games.”
Hopefully we’ll see a video of all the new additions to the 360 interface at some point this week.