There’s a lot of console hardware reports and rumours floating around, from fake Nintendo NX prototypes to the PlayStation 4 ‘Neo‘ that you might as well start saving up for. This week, it’s the turn of the Xbox One and the rumoured Scorpio hardware revision, but JR. made a very interesting comment over in the Scorpio discussion. “Wasn’t the cloud supposed to make the Xbox One more powerful?” he asked
He’s right, Microsoft were all about the cloud in the run up to the Xbox One launch. “If you look to the cloud as something that is no doubt going to evolve and grow over time, it really spells out that there’s no limit to where the processing power of Xbox One can go,” explained a Microsoft spokesperson at the time. With unlimited processing power one does have to wonder why there is any need for the rumoured Xbox Scorpio?
The only big game to really trumpet it’s cloud credentials so far Titanfall, which was only on Xbox due to using the cloud. At least that is what they said at the time, but really that boiled down to Microsoft’s Azure cloud for its dedicated servers and EA later admitted it was just because they thought Xbox One would sell more.
The forthcoming Crackdown game could be the first to show off cloud tech and how the cloud allows for huge city-wide destruction looks impressive, but it’s still in development so we’re still waiting for a glimpse of that unlimited processing power the cloud can bring in the real world.
Microsoft’s vision of a cloud-based future hasn’t happened, but let’s relive some of those memories of when that’s what they loved to talk about. Here’s Xbox Director of Product Planning, Albert Penello explaining how one of the principles of the Xbox One is that it is “built for the future.”
Just a very short future, eh Microsoft?
By the way I am very aware this read like an anti-Microsoft post, but I promise you it’s not. I just miss the pre-Xbox One launch days when Microsoft would spout complete and utter rubbish and JR. reminded me of some of their ludicrous claims. I thought we could do with a giggle for Friday.