Xbox One Interview With Craig Flannagan: The Cloud and Kinect – “That Gives You Opportunity”

During the hustle and bustle of E3 2013, I had the chance to sit down with Craig Flannagan, Microsoft Director of Marketing, to talk about some of the Xbox One‘s more unique features: The Cloud and the Kinect.

THE CLOUD

Being introduced to the new generation of console gaming is cloud computing. The Cloud, as Microsoft calls it, will open up a number of possibilities for game developers. We’ve already learned how developers Respawn Entertainment are going to utilize the Xbox One’s Cloud to host dedicated servers, and even offload some of the game’s data to provide a better, smoother experience.

I asked Flannagan for his take on how The Cloud will improve gaming on the Xbox One.

“The cloud is a really important part of it,” he reassured. “Xbox One is going to be the best place to play games and a big reason for that is that games come alive because of the cloud. So, the game that you get on that first day is going to change. It’s going to be a different game. It’s going to evolve, have living worlds, worlds that change, worlds that persist. What we’re doing is we’re giving developers a palette so they can create games they wouldn’t be able to create anywhere else.”

“From an Xbox Live standpoint, [you’ll have] the ability to play your games anywhere. Anywhere you go, you can sign in and all your games are there. With game DVR and Upload Studio, [you’ll have] the ability to capture your multiplayer moments, good or bad, epic wins or epic fails, edit them up, and share them out. Those are the social features of the cloud and what’s going to make games different and only available on Xbox One.”

“We’re just at the beginning. We’re a day and a half into this [at the time] and there’s so much more to come, but we’re already seeing the promise of games that you’ll only be able to find on Xbox One because we’re the only one giving those developers the tools to do that.”

THE KINECT

When it comes to the Xbox 360, the Kinect was a bit of a hit-and-a-miss. Not every 360 gamer had one in their household, and therefor, developers were constantly faced with the question, ‘do we use up resources to create an experience centered around a device that not everyone owns?’

While every Xbox One is going to come packed with the newest version of the Kinext, making things a bit clearer for game developers, Microsoft doesn’t want to shove it down your throat and have you waving and yelling at your TV non-stop for the rest of your gaming life time.

“I think you’re going to continue to see experiences that are predominantly Kinect, that include Kinect, and some that are mostly controller-based,” Flannagan explained. “We’ll continue to give consumers choice and, really, creators choice. The fun part, from a creator’s standpoint, for us, is that every Xbox One comes with a Kinect. There’s that toolset we’re giving developers that’s just awesome. Every Xbox One’s going to come with a Kinect, every Xbox One is going to be connected to The Cloud. That gives you opportunity. There’ll be a lot more to come on Kinect games as well.”

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Xbox One hits shelves this November. You can reserve yours here.




  • WarHero

    Microsoft just lower the price of the console then make the Kinect 2 OPTIONAL then I’ll consider buying it in the future :)

    • Alex Melendez

      Hell no, then that would be drawing the line. Xbox would just be a Xbox 360.5

      • MegaMan3k

        I think gamers just keep waiting to hear Microsoft say “Screw it. Just keep your 360. We’re out. You gamers ****ing SUCK to work with. Enjoy your ****y non-progress.”

        • WarBroh

          Thats a little melodramatic. Actually people just like choice. They dont like being forced having a camera in their living room and told “you can’t unplug it”. If they offered a kinect-less $399 XBONE, there would be no contest.

          • XFistsClenchedX

            You do have a choice. You can buy the Xbox One or not. Nobody is forcing you too. The only way developers will truly utilize the Kinect is if everyone has one.

          • ThtJstHapnd

            So IPhone should offer a camera less version of their phone? Do you think people would by that? No because the world has evolved. It evolved and progressed because someone included a camera into their phone. I remember my first flip phone that had a camera. I was like “What would I need a camera for this is stupid, and why does this thing have voice command calling” Now every phone has both, and now for some crazy reason there are phones that you can unlock and answer call with waving your hand over it.

            Now if they didn’t include kinect they could sell the xbox one for $350 or even $299… that thing is an expensive piece of hardware.

          • MegaMan3k

            Having a cohesive development platform is desirable. To give an exaggerated example, it’s like saying “You can buy an Xbox One with only 4GB of ram for $100 less, but we cannot guarantee that all games will work or you will have full functionality in all games.”

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      If Microsoft is going to make the Kinect optional, they might as well not make it at all. Nobody will develop for it knowing only a portion of the Xbox One community actually owns one.

      I wish the price was cheaper as well, but the bright side is that by including it in every Xbox One, its potential can be fully realized and devs actually have the chance to make it a worth while addition.

      Basically, I think Microsoft should go either-or. Either put it in every Xbox One, or none at all.

      Just my two cents :)

      • awkenney

        I’m ok without the existence of motion control. Voice control on the other hand is compelling.

      • WarBroh

        I disagree. If they make it compelling, people will buy it.

        Fact of the matter is its not compelling.

        • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

          You’re right, but even if, say, only 5% of the consumer base did not own a Kinect – it’s certain that not everyone would buy the Kinect if it were optional, no matter how compelling it is – that’s still one entire extra factor that devs will need to consider, as opposed to zero.

          It’s ‘meh, let’s not go all out with the Kinect features because there are still some people out there who do not own it,’ VS. ‘let’s go balls-to-the-wall with this because we know everyone owns a Kinect.’

          With that in mind, I still think MS should either include it with every Xbox One, or just drop it all together. Too late for the latter, though!

          • paulinacio

            95% seems kinda high for people that owned one. I never knew or met someone with a Kinect

            • XFistsClenchedX

              My brother has one and it’s awesome. He uses voice control to watch movies all the time. He also uses it for video chats so we can see his family and his wife plays Dance Central on it. It works better than people give it credit for and Kinect 2.0 is a big improvement over the original so it will be even better.

            • ThtJstHapnd

              I can’t wait for the skype. My brother is getting one for his family in Cali and I’m in Ohio. For us to be able to trash talk and family can skype fully from the couch with my surround sound all still a go is pretty cool. I hate skype on my narrow laptop camera, families can’t really share that small of space when trying to talk to each other.

              My kids love kinect. I like the Fitness evolved. I didn’t ever go all out like all these people are complaining about but like other people have said with kinect included all devs can know that their features will be used by more than just a few people.

            • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

              That was just an extreme example :)

            • paulinacio

              OH =)

            • oofy

              Too extreme. 😉

            • DanDustEmOff

              I have one the kids love it, as does my girlfriend and her friends. I also second the video chat and movies features, its a good piece of add on hardware for parties and keeping the kids entertained on a rainny day.

          • WarBroh

            i’ll put it to you like this — they can develop all they want for kinect2. the best game in the world won’t make people less lazy. most people got the motion control gimmick out of their system with the Wii. Been there/done that.

            There’s far more bandwidth in your ten fingers holding a controller than moving an arm or two around. And it uses less energy. People are basically lazy if they’re on the couch playing.

            • ThtJstHapnd

              Speaking of lazy you can turn on the xboxone with your voice and change games just by talking. That’s even less movement than reaching for the controller or getting up to turn on the system. Ding Ding Ding! Score one for lazy people.

            • Mike

              Its a sad day when people are too lazy to turn on their console by hand. I’m not surprised though. In short I don’t want my cash to go towards tech I could give a shit about. This is coming from a Xbox guy.

            • ThtJstHapnd

              Same goes to people being to lazy to type on their phone, now they just use siri…. I mean come on people! You guys need to stop envolving and just stay the same. Progression is just stupid. In fact people just need to stop watching so much primetime tv, and sports. That’s just lazy people right there.

              I’m not lazy but being able to turn my console on when I walk in the room will be pretty cool to me. Plus it will turn on my cable box and my tv as well. So one thing turns on them all, plus!

            • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

              I’m with you there. Personally, I’d rather just stick with the controller and not have to pay extra $ for a Kinect. I just think that if they are going to do it, they gotta go all out and make it worth the additional mandatory hardware.

            • noobius

              I dunno man people still go crazy for DDR machines and pads at home and there’s been plenty of proof it helps people lose weight and it is just a gimmick.

        • DanDustEmOff

          The most compelling part would be the games. If nobody has one they won’t develop for it. If no one develops for it then no one buys it.
          Its a catch 22 which is why its being forced on Xbox cstomers. I don’t mind it being forced on me, but I do mind paying for the privalage. Which is why MS should absorb the cost or bundle in 2 AAA titles for the same choice.

          • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

            Well said, sir.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Thanks

      • CountDoormatt

        This make so much sense and I love it, thank you!!!!

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      If Microsoft is going to make the Kinect optional, they might as well not make it at all. Nobody will develop for it knowing only a portion of the Xbox One community actually owns one.

      I wish the price was cheaper as well, but the bright side is that by including it in every Xbox One, its potential can be fully realized and devs actually have the chance to make it a worth while addition.

      Basically, I think Microsoft should go either-or. Either put it in every Xbox One, or none at all.

      Just my two cents :)

  • B_Boss

    You know….when you look at MS and Sony’s position from a merely strategic or technical standpoint, one really can appreciate where the future of gaming is heading. The Cloud, Digital Gaming (with the obvious inclusion of DRM…I know lol) The continuity (and improvement) of sensor-based controls, improved social network integration (I’m not too big on that, its just preference however) and many more features.

    Of course this kind of optimism can get lost in the financial and consumer clashing but sometimes I guess it helps to take a breather and see the positive side before getting back into the ‘battle’ lol….

    • dpg70

      DRM aside, it is an interesting solution they’ve put in place. They’re just a little early

      • DanDustEmOff

        People used to say that about online gaming, but look at it now. Moves like this by MS and google are just the kick up the arse ISP’s need to get them to step their game up. As the saying goes, build it and they will come.

        • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

          Yep to play online you needed broadband which at the time was not widely used.

        • dpg70

          Nobody ever said that about online gaming. If you had broadband, and you wanted to play online you had that option. “option” being the keyword there

          • CountDoormatt

            This so much this!

          • DanDustEmOff

            When the Xbox launched the game developers for games like Halo were initially criticized for spending such a huge amount of development time on the multiplayer experience. Their argument was that; why should they spend so much time developing for MP when few people have internet, even though it had huge potential. MS and Google are digital pioneers I have learned to trust them to deliver the future.

        • CountDoormatt

          The time will come, but that time is clearly not now from all the reactions to DRM XD.

          • DanDustEmOff

            It will be forced on us by the pubs and devs wether the time is now or not.

      • B_Boss

        Definitely man.

  • Jonah Thrillz

    Translation: “It’s really all marketing fluff and just a fancy way of implementing DRM on your games. Without the cloud or what we call XboxLive subscription, your beloved games like Titanfall will be useless. You’re gonna need the cloud and you’re gonna pay for it.”

    • ThtJstHapnd

      Titanfall is multiplayer only no crap you will need online and xboxive… are you trying to troll or just stupid?

      • Jonah Thrillz

        Well aren’t you the retarded one?

        Titanfail will no doubt have multiplayer einstein. If you knew how to interpret my original message you will understand that the cloud is just another way for M$ to implement DRM. Other games will start using the cloud even if they don’t need it like single player games. Try to play these games offline and you’ll be SOL.

        Was that easy enough for you to comprehend?

        • z0ml3ie P1kachu

          PS4 will also be using cloud features and paid PS+ plus for online features. So what exactly is your problem with MS again?

  • Jarmen

    I don’t understand the mandatory kinnect approach. Why is it slapped without showing if it is actually capable of doing something that players would find hard to resist. 😐 Every other product seems to be sold that way, show it off and let customers choose lol.

    • WarBroh

      Thats the thing. It makes for amusing demo for grandma but its not all that practical in day to day use. I dont want to sit there flailing my arms to swing a sword. I’m over the age of 12.

      • ThtJstHapnd

        I can turn on the xbox with my voice, and I can snap in anything on the dash with just saying it. None of this arms and swinging your talking about. The uses that it can have are the ones people are over looking. Everyone is seeing a toy. This is a very strong piece of technology. The amount of things that can be done when something is included is great. I wish Skyrim would have included voice commands when it came out. they added support later but I had already played the game out. I went back and tried the voice commands and it was a pretty great addition. Also now with kinect imagine palying your driving game and it picks you up leaning to the left and the ingame person actually leans. Its those little details that take a lot of time and effort that people will just overlook, but then two years from now if you play a game without that feature you will notice and be pretty upset.

        • Sebax55

          ..and then your mother comes in and yell “Xbox Off”

          • ThtJstHapnd

            Now thats a problem we have today… first off I don’t live with my mother so I wouldn’t worry about that. Second the kinect only recognizes the persons voice that is signed in once it’s on. People don’t understand how technical this thing is. Thats why everyone is so negative about it.

      • DanDustEmOff

        I wish my kids would.

    • ThtJstHapnd

      It’s been shown over and over what the frist one can do. Fact is the first kinect broke records on sales. Attach rate is the problem. To add support into your game you have to dedicate part of your team to that. With the old kinect being “optional” companies were not including it because they were saying “oh well not enough people will even try this feature why waste time on it”

  • WarBroh

    I wish this “The Cloud” buzzword would die already, really getting tiring that every marketing and p.r. department is self-pleasuring violently with it. New name for old data hosting only now its magical.

    • Niosus

      Not entirely 😉

      We’ve moved MP1st from a regular old datacenter to a cloud solution. It’s of course still in a datacenter, but the idea of a server is becoming much more abstract and flexible.

      The idea of the cloud is that you don’t worry about the machines, but you worry about the total available processing power. You scale computing instances up and down depending on the load, you seamlessly add and remove them when necessary etc. The cloud is about abstracting the hardware you run on away so it becomes purely a game of resources.

      The cloud is real, and I’m sure that MS uses it in that way. The only “problem” is that the cloud doesn’t really do anything you can’t do with a regular datacenter. If it’s done right you don’t even notice the difference. The difference is behind the scenes for the people making the services, their lives become a lot easier.

      • ThtJstHapnd

        One thing that I’m wanting to see is how the different consoles are going to deal with online. MS has the dedicated servers and cloud, and Sony doesn’t. if people could know more about that it could change a lot about gaming. LAG is a big problem, waiting in a lobby for a game is boring, I have a lot of friends that are staying with MS because of this cloud and 300k dedicated servers.

        • Jonah Thrillz

          Sony has stated they will have dedicated servers for gaming.

          You’re just handicapping yourself by going with the XBone which has slower graphics hardware.

          • noobius

            I read sonys servers are mainly used for gaming downloads such as PSA,PS2,PS3 and now Japanese games (gaki) and video streaming , not so much for actual gaming and the servers for gaming are not near as many as Microsoft’s. Still getting both at launch .

            • Dirtknap

              And you don’t think the 380 million dollars worth of existing (and proven) infrastructure won’t or can’t be leveraged by Sony?

            • noobius

              Of course it will but when did I say it hadn’t ? I was just saying what it was being used for calm down fanboy lol. I support them both. Its all about the games bro . Gotta love people like you lol.

            • Dirtknap

              See my reply to Thomas above. I guess its difficult to determine ones true opinions from throw away comments that only make sense when provided with proper context, yet those sorts of comments are what constitiutes much of the conversation here. I make my fair share of them, apologies once again.

            • noobius

              Ya but look at the time of replys . Why my post I sent 3 hours ago shows up at the end of the conversation I don’t know. But its all good bro no worries everyone gets misunderstood in text at some point . I also apologize. Sry :)

            • Dirtknap

              No prob 😀

            • DanDustEmOff

              I would say its a fair comment that you favor the PS over Xbox, and that’s OK I favor the Xbox over the PS as it stands. I dislike the use of the phrase “fan boy” it is OK to prefer something over something else as long as you are respectful to other peoples views (which you always have to my knowledge). It doesn’t mean we can not agree on anything or have an intelligent debate, because to me if you can not do any of those things then that is the true definition of a “fan boy”

            • Dirtknap

              Thanks Dan, and I agree again. My current leaning is for the PS4 to be my initial platform, but that’s still up for review. My decision mostly comes down to situation (friends, local infrastructure etc) and uncertainty around what MS are doing. One the X1 is released and has some stable footing I’m really looking forward to seeing what it can do.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Im just on the fence its kind of good being able to sit back and watch MS and Sony fight for our money. I would say 51% Xbox atm its tight. I love the Xbox controller but hate the Kinect being forced at cost. I like the PS4’s simple architecture and power but I hate that left thumb stick location and lack of ergonomics. Titan Fall is the 1 percent that has me atm.

            • CountDoormatt

              Got to love people like you who lack some reading skills as he heavily implied he had no preference.

            • noobius

              You sir get an up vote!!!! Tryin to squash all the hate . Gotta love people like you and me right lol!

            • CountDoormatt

              Yes sir!

            • noobius

              Lol Awesome

            • Thomas

              Getting a little nippy in your defense of Sony, Dirtknap. I thought you were above that…

            • Dirtknap

              Not my intention at all, I apologize if that’s how it appears.

              I’m just attempting to provide some food for thought. The Gaikai acquisition seems to have been overlooked by a good many people, but I’m quite certain it can be utilized for a lot more than only providing access to the PlayStation back catalogue.

              There appears to be a general consensus that the “winner” of the console war is to be determined prior to release of either platform, a notion that I find ridiculous when we not only have the bulk of the expo season ahead of us, but an entire generation.

              My argument is in favor of educated speculation and equal competition between both MS and Sony. I don’t want to flog that dead horse, but competition is good for gamers, a one horse race quite simply, is not.

            • DanDustEmOff

              I am aware of the Gaikai acquisition and I am interested in what Sony intend to do with is, but I would like Sony to tell us their plans, because all I have heard confirmed so far is that its being used to support the past not the future. Which to me is backwards thinking. So I am hoping for Sony to show a change in strategy towards the Cloud.

              All arguments aside I am just excited to see where gaming is going.

            • Dirtknap

              I am in 100% agreement with you there. I truly hope my optimistic speculation proves to be true, otherwise Gaikai’s primary use will not only be backwards (IMO), but it could be a potential liability if it doesn’t augment PSN services the way it is intended to.

              Reading between the lines, this quote from the Gaikai website suggests there could be more at play

              “We’re working hard with Sony Computer Entertainment to advance our cloud gaming platform, and we can’t wait to unveil the next generation of it to you.”

              Basic implementation of old games on their existing service doesn’t sound like advancement or very next gen, so fingers crossed for some improvements that keep the competition alive.

            • DanDustEmOff

              Thats what its all down to competition. If they have to complete then they will both push standards. Without it they can just throw any old crap at us and we just have to buy whatever we can get a kick out of.

            • Pat “Bam Bam” Healy

              I’m not heavily active on MP1st, I read the articles frequently use the power of the up vote and occasionally share my two cents. I have noticed you are quite argumentative at times and it sort of bothered me in this instance, i know, nome of my business right? I will go ahead anyway. Your reply to the guy above was unfair especially because your reply indicates you know the poster, couldn’t this have called for a request to clarify instead of an offhand remark? The guy then goes out of his way to give a good explanation, and it was good! I’ve seen you continue to comment even though you got a good response to further the conversation in a positive way, it kind of just made your point seem nit picky? I’m sorry, I’m not trying to call you out, it just seems that if you are gong to spend the amount of you do on taking people to school there are some real jerkwads that a far more deserving of a lesson?

            • Thomas

              You’re right, I probably should have gone about that differently. Dirtknap is one of the more objective and level-headed commenters on MP1st and it’s a little weird to see him sound (I hate use this term) “fanboy-ish.”

            • Dirtknap

              It’s okay dude, as I said it wasn’t my intention to come off like that, but I’d rather be pulled up if I do make an error in communication so I can clear things up. I don’t like that term either but use it anyhow, what do you do for lack of a better description?

            • B_Boss

              This is absolutely no true. In fact Andy House stated last year that Gaikai will be used for more than merely gaming. Sony was VERY forward thinking in their acquisition of Gaikai.

            • Mike

              Deep enough pockets? I felt like a hardass buying one hah

            • noobius

              Lol nah I had to do a few moving jobs and some lawn work to make sure I wasnt gonna be in the red . Definitely worth it tho !

          • Bill E Weaver

            XB1 was built for cloud gaming, and PS4 was for local computations.Plus XB1 has already provisioned +3 xb1 virtually for every console in the cloud due to the 3 Os’s it has. PS4 has one OS mean it’s not able to quadruple it’s by virtually.DDr3 is better suited for MS cloud direction, as to where ddr5 is better for local computations. Everything I’ve read in regards to this points out that PS would have to rebuild their console to be as efficient as XB1.Gaikai’s server count is ridiculously low compared to MS’s as well. more servers more processing SIMPLE!

      • Jonah Thrillz

        Yes plus Amazon and Google offer cloud services for businesses that need it. Sony’s already getting Gaikai ready so no doubt they will utilize cloud for it.

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka
  • XFistsClenchedX

    Game Informer did an article on how Forza Motorsport 5 should be using the cloud and it is a strong argument for how the cloud could be utilized in games. None of the uses for the cloud are revolutionary, but these are calculations that the Xbox One won’t be burdened with so the cloud proves it’s worth.

    http://www.gameinformer.com/games/forza_motorsport_5/b/xboxone/archive/2013/06/12/turn-10-talks-drivatars-cars-and-cloud-power-in-forza-5.aspx

    • WarBroh

      The Cloud, The Cloud, The Magical Cloud. As the SimCity debacle proved, the “cloud” ain’t doing $hit.

      • ThtJstHapnd

        They as in sim city don’t, but MS has 300k servers that are going to be doing number crunching.

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      Not not sure where all your down votes are coming from, sir :( I thought the application of The Cloud to Forza 5 was pretty cool too. Should have made mention of it in the article.

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  • Guest

    Cloud computation!

  • Arthur Watkins

    The Kinect was design for some games, but was designed for Skype and the fashion world. MS is hoping to show off clothes fittings to women and add more commerce to Xbox. They know most buyers are male, but if they add software where Macy’s can utilize the Kinect to outfit a woman, Xbox will make more money selling it to women.

  • Aria68

    “The game that you get on that first day is going to change. It’s going to be a different game. It’s going to evolve, have living worlds, worlds that change, worlds that persist.”

    Advertisement at it’s best people! Kinda poetic!
    I’m impressed finally we have something that even PC player with
    GeForce GTX 690 can’t do! or even PS4 with it’s %50 more powerful GPU!

    btw SONY said we support that too!

    • ThtJstHapnd

      Where has sony said they will have the cloud like XboxOne? Now understand Sony’s version of “cloud” is strreaming. Not dedicated servers where your games are processed and played. Sony’s cloud is for streaming games to you(like the backward compatibility.) Son’y doesn’t have 300k servers dedicated to your online experience.

      • Jonah Thrillz

        There’s nothing special about setting up a cloud service. Sony has always had cloud saves for games with the PS3 and PS+ service. If they really wanted to set up a similar feature for dedicated servers you can bet they can do it. It isn’t rocket science.

        Can’t believe sheep still buy into Micro$oft’s marketing sh!t.

        • ThtJstHapnd

          I didn’t say it was rocket science now did I? Don’t call me a sheep because you bought into sony’s sales pitch. I understand people want new new new but when something tries to be truly next gen everyone cries. I bet you were one of them too. I have a ps3 as well. I don’t car about cloud saves, that is nothing, A couple servers can handle sending and receiving saves. Try having dedicated servers for all games, and neither system is in our hands yet. I give it a year and I’ll be playing Elder Scrolls online with my friends on dedicated servers while people on ps4 are still doing p2p. Believe whatever you want, you have the right to it, but you do not have the right to call me names or put me in a category. I’m in sales, i’m in development, I know what MS was trying to do for the future and I know the crap Sony was spewing, more of the same old same old. Nothing I wanted was from sony.

          • Jonah Thrillz

            You couldn’t be more wrong and I’ll like to see what excuses you have next year when Sony’s PSN has the same online experience as XBL. Yes you’ll get the dedicated servers that and the hardware performance of the PS4 with Sony. Except you’ll feel like clown for being duped by Micro$oft. Good luck with that and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

          • Dirtknap

            I’m not trying to play devils advocate here (and I’ve referenced this in other posts) but what do you suppose Sony intend to do with Gaikai? I’m fairly certain they didn’t drop 380 million big ones just to stream to old games, and that the existing infrastructure has the potential to be enhanced and leveraged in other ways. Has Sony unequivocally stated that providing a back catalogue is all they intend to provide via Gaikai?

            MS aren’t slouches with this stuff but Sony aren’t either, utilization of cloud computing is a huge trend across the board, I really don’t see Sony leaving such a huge area of vulnerability across an entire generation of console, do you?

      • Aria68

        Yoshida; “The PS4 has the capacity for cloud-processing”
        but there is a “negative perceptions of always online, as well as issues of bandwidth and latency” Therefore
        “it would be entirely up to developers to decide whether to use it.”

        So yeah SONY PS4 have it PLUS having the most advanced Media/Game streaming tech (Gaikai) that is currently planned for Previous Gen games.

        • ThtJstHapnd

          So what he is saying sure ps4 can do that but we aren’t going to help it happen.. I have my previous gen console to play prev gen games… I don’t see the help in rebuying your games just to play old on new, lame.

  • Aria68

    haha this one is better,

    “While every Xbox One is going to come packed with the newest version of the Kinext, making things a bit clearer for game developers, Microsoft doesn’t want to shove it down your throat and have you waving and yelling at your TV non-stop for the rest of your gaming life time.”

    But still you have to pay $100 for it!

  • Blaine Reinsma

    I think they are really over-hyping and over-estimating this Cloud thing. To offload processing to a server somewhere from every single XboxOne around the world require an insane amount of super-powered ultra-expensive server PCs.

    Also, the fact that my graphics or frame rate might be worse just because my internet connection is down is just bullshit. Just give me all the hardware power up front, in my console, like the PS4.

  • MrChipdiggity

    this kind of this is the future of gaming. Microsoft should not have taken DRM out and just explained it and why it is needed better. most people play multiplayer and other games that need internet I never understood what the big deal was it wil eventually be this way and they shouldve just stayed strong and kept it in. They just had a terrible way of telling people about it and everyone was on a different page. the benifits far outweigh the negative cheaper games no more gamestop interference just couldve moved things from the dark ages.

  • http://Www.pselectronicsrepair.com/ Lrishjake

    The choices this company makes, they keep stating that its so great for the consumer, but you have to be daft to not know its only really good for the producer.. Microsoft. Forcing people to buy an apparatus that only a portion will use is just one example in many that Microsoft and companies like them do. Then ensuring that your console costs more, due to that apparatus takes it up to a whole other level. Charging for XBL? Pricing your console $100 more than the competition, that in the past was typically the one priced $100 more than the Xbox? Forcing consumers to buy kinect2 when not that many enjoyed kinect1? Removing family share as a caveat to no DRM?

    As a consumer, I see these trends and do EVERYTHING I can not to support them. Apple, Microsoft, there are so many.. If we support actions like this from companies, then in the end nothing will ever get better for the consumers. Its a downward spiral, that only a revolution will change. If you buy an Xbox One, think about that. If you constantly buy the new iphone, consider the message you are sending to that company.

  • SangheiliSpecOp

    The cloud and Kinect also give s Microsoft opportunity….

  • brianc6234

    Yawn. More cloud crap. It’s all fake. Sony can do the same thing but it isn’t worth the trouble. Third party developers won’t want to do all the extra work anyway.

  • Axe99

    All this MS talk of ‘the advantage of the cloud’ drives me batty. Hasn’t anyone mentioned to them that _any_ device with an internet connection and the right software can take advantage of the cloud? In the unlikely event that they do use the cloud for anything more exciting than dedicated servers (something that have been around in gaming for over a decade, just not in MS first-party games) then the nature of the cloud means that it will be really easy for Sony, Nintendo or PC devs to take the same approach. Using cloud computing isn’t patented, and it’s incredibly easy and barrier-free to do for almost anyone, from individuals to large corporations.

    As for Kinect, great for those who like it, but from my perspective they’re asking me to pay for a large, expensive paperweight (I game with headphones on so I don’t wake/disturb my partner – so voice controls aren’t exactly what I’m looking for!) The Kinect is a strong play for casuals and families – great if they pull it off, but if they do it may not be good news for peeps that prefer the more traditional stuff.

    Overall, XB1 looks like a good, if relatively overpriced, piece of kit, but the marketing for it is bloody atrocious.

  • Derek

    I see no reason the Kinect must be plugged in for the console to work. I may never get a Xbone because I cannot get my head around the ridiculousness of that decisssion.

    Its 1 thing to be forced to pay for something that has zero use and less than zero value to me…but to make the unit not function if its not plugged in…for the love…

    • ThtJstHapnd

      You sound like me when phones started coming with cameras, and voice dialing. Now you can answer phones by waving your hand over it… It’s technology evolving. Go to best buy and look at the tvs. There are three brands right now that offer a camera built into their tv for skype and motion controls. My friend paid an extra $600 for a smart tv with a little camera sitting on top, he can wave and play games through the app store, he can switch channels with his voice. I told him he could have just waiting and saved money by getting an xboxone. LOL

      I understand why people can’t grasp the kinect thing. It will be great for devs now that they know it’s included. I hope some point down the road you see the value and not the negative in technology adv advancement.

      • Derek

        What’s faster and more efficient (lack if moment) a thumb on a controlled or waving lol at your TV phone. And the voice controls on phones a d other devices never work well anyway. You have to talk super slow and it just takes longer than with a controller.

        I get your comments on the technology in general and the TVs but that only really strengthens my point. Look at how much extra you spend for that. For a cross section of Gamers that adds next to move value at all. For a family or some hipster with thick framed glasses it would probably be awesome lol.

        • ThtJstHapnd

          I will give you points for the controller being faster. Now can I give my opinion on why it’s faster. Because thats what you have been used to since the beginning of gaming. It’s second nature. Just as hitting the gas pedal when the light turns red. Just like riding a bike. It’s training. It’s natural. I will never justify for any reason that kinect or any motion control take over good old controller. FPS and gaming with a controller wil never go away, thats one reason my wii got some use but then went downhill fairly fast. The kids got tired of the “new” and didn’t want to wave their hands around anymore. I’m saying at some point down the road it will be “natural” to have it there. It will be second nature to come in and say “xbox on” Then people will actually see negatively on their devices that don’t support that function.

          When your justifying the extra technology against cost. You said look at how much extra you spend for that. It’s not much if you ask me. It’s an advancement of the fastest selling accessory ever. It’s a more advance piece of equipment when the original sold for $200… I’m only paying $100 extra? That’s a deal to me. That’s like upgrading to Iphone5 from Iphone4 for half price… I mean come on.

          I and my kids and friends have all enjoyed kinect at some point. Right now I don’t use it every day or might go weeks without knowing it’s there, but that’s because it’s not coded in to work so well. This next gen iteration will no doubt in my mind come in handy. For the people that don’t see it and that won’t get any use out of it, I would like them to check back in with this post in a year(bookmark please) and let me know your opinion then.

          The classification at the end about hipster and black framed glasses was just in bad taste. I gave you points at the beginning but now I’m taking them back.

  • CountDoormatt

    Hmmm, a lot makes sense but doesn’t Sony have GaiKai?

    • ThtJstHapnd

      GaiKai is only for streaming full games, mostly the backwards compatibility.

      • B_Boss

        Gaikai will be used for more than streaming games. Andy House has publicly stated this.

  • oofy

    So if the cloud crashes or my internet hitches…enemy AI turns into dum dums?

    • xboxoneforlife

      Exactly what you have now dumb ai

  • Mike

    No it gives you an opportunity to see me wacking off, perverts. I never bought the idea of Kinect so I don’t want to be forced to buy it so I’ll just simply buy a PS4 thats more powerful and a hundred bucks cheaper. Problem solved!

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  • B_Boss

    Looks like Ryse will be moving forward without Kinect support due to its lack of enjoyment with these particular devs and testers:

    “In a lengthy feature in Polygon, Crytek chief Cevat Yerli revealed that the game may spawn a sequel—should the first title be successful. Yerli also took the
    opportunity to discuss the game’s development and the studio’s decision
    to axe the game’s dependency on the Kinect.

    According to Yerli, the team developed several control prototypes for
    the game to see if the developers and the testers themselves enjoyed the
    use of the game with the Kinect.

    Eventually, the team settled upon its current controller-heavy scheme
    and the decision was made to make it a launch title for the Xbox One.”

    (source: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/15584/article/ryse-son-of-rome-could-spawn-sequels/)

    I don’t know….it wouldn’t surprise me if this is a common trend in the future. I have a theory that the majority of gamers on XB1 will be of the traditional, controller persuasion….we’ll see though I’d love to be wrong on this point, seeing as it would be nothing but a positive future for the accessory.

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  • Stormprobe

    Didn’t they remove this feature because of all of the whiners whining about not being able to trade discs?

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