Xbox Live Compute Brings Dedicated Servers to All Xbox One Games

Xbox Live Compute will allow game developers to utilize the scalable computing resources that Microsoft deploys within their regional datacenters, as well as afford them the opportunity to go above and beyond the limits that physical hardware imposes on the creator. It will offer them massive server resources without studios having to deal with the the growing pains associated with building, managing and running servers at scale. Best of all, it will be free to all developers.

In an update on Xbox Wire, Lead Xbox Live Program Manager John Bruno wrote on the topic of dedicated servers and how the Xbox Live cloud will enable all games to utilize their advantages.

“If you have played a lot of multiplayer games, you know that playing on dedicated game servers has advantages over peer-to-peer gameplay,” he wrote. “With server-based multiplayer gaming, not only can more players play the game (think hundreds of players simultaneously), the gameplay will be much more reliable for the players. No more host migration interruptions, suboptimal experiences for the host, home network NAT constraints, or player cheating! Additionally, Xbox Live Compute can be utilized to persist game state so that your squad can live to fight another day without losing any progress. A great example of a game that is using Xbox Live Compute for their dedicated server multiplayer experience is ‘Titanfall.’”

Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello later confirmed via Twitter that the free Xbox compute resources will indeed include dedicated servers for all Xbox One games.

The Xbox One hits retailers November 22 in North America.

Thanks, VG247 and GameInformer

  • Ryan Hoffman

    lol…oh micro$oft.

    • Xarcriloth

      Hey I can do that too!

      lol… oh $ony.

      • Ryan Hoffman

        lol, but we all know the difference.

        • betosobreira

          So, what are the differences?

          • Ryan Hoffman

            ps4 is better. no matter how hard microsoft tries to dig them selves back out of their graves. which deff takes the burdon of me explaining why sony is better to my friends, off my shoulders. its so frustrating the amount of stubbornness my xbox friends had, but after explaining that the multiplayer of games has to do with the company that makes the game and not xbl or psn, they gave in and bought ps3s and have preorders for ps4. preference for the less hardware designed system is a stupid reason to stick to it. but honestly i live in a redneck infested part of america so its always pro american to people around here. the arguments are always obnoxious and usually pertain to the same comebacks without backing anything up. ive heard it all, but have never heard any hard facts as to why microsoft is better in any way except ram. which is the only reason for party chat on xbl. the ps3 had less ram than the xbox 360 and couldnt implement the feature. less ram is also why your interface stutters and takes time to load when you press the home button. its something sony overlooked.

            • Mr. Thuggins

              I see nothing but conjecture. Your opinion is not a universal truth. My opinion differs from your’s. Does that mean either is right or wrong? No.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              there is no opinion. only facts. i can pull up any fact you need to satisfy your want. the ps3 IS better than the xbox hardware wise.

            • XFistsClenchedX

              Then why does the PS3 have a higher failure rate?

            • Ryan Hoffman

              are you stupid? i mean by your avatar your border lining it really close already. 54% failure rate is ridiculous for a consoles peak. the ps3s failure rate is still lower to xboxs recent numbers with 10% failure rate with the xbox at alittle above 10%.

            • jj16802

              Even though what this guy posted is idiotic, how is it that the PS3 has a higher fail rate when the 360′s rate is 54.2% and PS3′s rate is 10.6% in 2009? The RROD is more well known than the YLOD.

              Also:
              The PS3 has a two-year failure rate of 10%.
              The Xbox 360 has a two-year failure rate of 23.7%.

            • betosobreira

              A lot of bla bla bla and pointless arguments. Ps3 has so much cpu power than Xbox360 and it doesn’t have cross-game party chat. And it was released one year later than Xbox360, which means, sony could give ps3 more ram. That’s such a lame!! Xbox360 User Interface owns ps3 user interface. It’s smooth, clean and fast. Dude, ps3 is a great console but it is poorly made by Sony. They compensate those fails by giving people free games, that are not free, that you must pay to have a subscription or you can’t play the game. Come’on!! Your friends are a bunch of jerks, completely persuaded by a mindless boy like you.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              if you like the un-organization of your dashboard media than thats your opinion. that is merly software, not hardware. the ps3 has a more organized multimedia bar. and not a bunch of stuff thrown into your face. at the time of release ram was not a big issue til sony discovered cross game chat is what people wanted. the ps3 is an amazing machine. your argument is funny on the plus thing. because you pay for internet, you must have a gold subscription or you cant play online. and the best thing is, its completly optional whether or not we want plus. but with ps4 its cool because we get free games for paying our subscription.

            • XFistsClenchedX

              I’ve owned a PS3 and a 360 and the 360 is much more organized. The XMB is a mess of text. The PS4 may get free games (for now — could change), but the Xbox One gets dedicated servers for every game and I’d rather have that. You have to pay to play online on the PS4 too (except for f2p games) so that point is worthless now.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              the point isnt worthless. ps4 still gets free games for paying a subscription.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              and the fact you say xbox is more organized enlightens me hahaha

            • jj16802

              The XMB is simple… just go to the category and find the option/program you want pronto, unlike the dashoard forcing you into different menus with different layouts…

            • Ryan Hoffman

              and eventually they added more ram to newer models of ps3. they saved cross game chat for ps4 though.

            • DanDustEmOff

              No they didn’t.

            • XFistsClenchedX

              You know nothing lol

            • Ryan Hoffman

              obviously.

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

              Lol no the didn’t. The Vita has more RAM than PS3 dude, do you just make shit up as you go along?

            • Ryan Hoffman

              what does the vita have to do with anything?

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

              It has to do with they didn’t “save” cross game chat for PS4, considering Vita has that very feature. It simply could not be done with the PS3 because of their poor decision just like Cell microprocessors considering that is a technology very few other have caught on to. Had they added RAM as you claim they have, then that would have resulted in hardware fragmentation, leading to the chat feature being even more so inconsistent than it already is! The fabrications are absolutely ridiculous, I mean you don’t even try to make it appear as if you are right, you just make a statement, a baseless one and then try to have us subjugated to your opinion and all that has done is veer everyone off topic and fall into your troll attempts. That’s not cool man, guys like you have no guy code, we call them douchebags.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              i misread something awhile ago, and its not the first time sony has added hardware to a later model of the same product. the psp 2000 added more ram, and added skype and eventually added a built in mic with the 3000 series. something the origional psp 1000 couldnt do.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              maybe so, i could have sworn i read an article about it from kotaku that theyll add ram to future models to help with the xmb loading screen.

            • XFistsClenchedX

              I have listed reasons why the Xbox One is better a million times. I think I posted 50 reasons to choose the Xbox One over the PS4.

            • xbox rules

              True but you forgot Microsoft has more money then sony does. Ms is a billion dollar company. You really think that they will let sony win this war. Ms which I know always hasa plan. For the xbox how cool is it when you walk in your house you can say xbox on or walk in the living room and the kinect scans you and brings your profile up or you can muilty task thru min screens watch tv play ur game skye go on youtube all in one. I bet playst can’t do that. By the way I’m on my cell sorry for some misspelled words

      • ReeceGators

        ITs even funnier because Sony is based in Japan. lol

    • jj16802

      Stop making us Playstation gamers look bad…

      • Ryan Hoffman

        its about time us playstation gamers quit taking the balls end of everything and start manning up. time we start running the show.

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

          Yeah because getting tons of exclusive content for both current and next gen, on top of like 10 more AAA exclusive franchise than MS has had all generation, plus getting free games, yall are taking the balls end of everything. Yeah How can anyone argue with that logic?

          Btw, way to show Microsoft actually has money to upkeep their own servers with that dollar sign S that no one has ever used before when spelling Microsoft.

        • jj16802

          No, all you’re doing is giving Playstation gamers the infamy that the Xbox 360 elitists gave to their community in the early years of this generation. So kindly keep your mouth shut.

  • MegaMan3k

    There’s a lot of fluff in what they’re saying, but I think the message is a positive one.

    I’m curious what’s going on behind the scenes, though – What is the cost to developers (note: cost can mean more than just dollars)? Are these accessible to “XBLA-equivalent” games? Indie developers? Are these ‘real’ dedicated servers actually hosting all information, or are they just using it as an intermediate/route in p2p (see: Killzone Shadow Fall).

    Saying it will stop cheating is simply laughable – cheating is by far most prominent on the PC, where most games are server based. Were a JTAG equivalent style ‘hack’ come out for the Xbox One, I doubt dedicated servers could stop cheating.

    • WarBroh

      Its marketing-speak for sure. By hiding all the details inside the magical and all powerful Cloud™ abstraction layer they think people are dazzled enough not to demand to know how exactly it works. “Everything’s better now because we’re bringing you Xbox Live Compute! How does it work? Pshah, how DOESN’T it work! It’s The Cloud™, Bro!”

      • Mr. Thuggins

        If Sony were to say the same thing, you would be applauding with you pants around your ankles. You bash alleged fanboys and then act like one. You so funny.

      • DanDustEmOff

        MS did a ton of tech demo’s at e3, nVidia have also got some tech demo’s out there.

        You’re only a google search away from the answers you claim that MS are not showing.

    • DanDustEmOff

      I think he is refering to lag switching rather than aim bots and other hacks. There are also many anti cheat measures that block JTAG’s and other methods of cheating that can be directly loaded to the server and the users device. The BF4 beta requires you to download one before you can even connect to a server. These programs can be updated to keep up with new threats too.

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

      They use fluff because it’s simple to understand, but why does it have to mean its a lie?

      You need to read up on what exactly is Windows Azure. The site explains everything. You just have to have know how on how t applies to the applications YOU want as a developer. Cloud servers can be used for virtually anything, you just buy a VM and you’re off. It’s scalable to match the whatever you need without having to pay extra. Lots of corporations use it. More than half of the Fortune 500 currently use Windows Azure and because that list changes yearly, meaning companies jump in and drop out that list, the percentage fluctuates but doesn’t mean the companies stop using it. Azure has become very popular in 4 years and is now rated second, only to Amazon.

  • That guy you might know

    That’s pretty cool and all
    But just imagine if one day if it failed.

    Will anything be playable?
    Like at all.

    • MegaMan3k

      Meaningless concern. P2P games have been taken offline before, on multiple platforms.

      • That guy you might know

        Okay, I was just wondering if theres anything for backup, say if there was some failure within the Cloud Servers. After the whole Cloud Server thing on GTA it just put a thought in my head that the entire Xbox One pretty much is banking on Cloud.

        So if the Xbox One experienced a Cloud Server outage, and they didn’t have a backup. What if most of the games said, “fuck it, lets just use their thing.” and something happened.

        Its just a thought that popped in my head, thats all.

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

          IF you go on the website, it says that devs can work on Azure even when it’s down, . Azure has went down in the past and that does not mean ALL of those companies and corporations using Azure cloud based serveices had to halt everything just because.

    • Sam Brown

      Hmm, don’t quote me on this but I believe P2P networks should still work fine. I’m sure the concern has been brought up before though.

    • Ryupyroa

      Both P2P and Dedicated servers have that issue. It’s just cheaper to keep P2P going, but Microsoft is willing to fork out the money for dedicated servers, so it’s win-win for Devs and us. WHOOT.

  • CoDforever

    What does he mean by no player cheating ? NO DDOSING ?? BRING BACK LEAGUE PLAY THEN !

    • Ryan Hoffman

      are you serious about ddosing?….please dont be for the sake of your little credibility you have left.

      • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

        I think he means he’s happy it’ll be gone :)

        • Ryan Hoffman

          im alittle amused that you guys think you can ddos console servers lol maybe its something else you guys are talking about? enlighten me lol

          • MegaMan3k

            CoDforever knows exactly what he’s doing, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that he thinks what he says is true.

            • Ryan Hoffman

              people dont ddos a console server on a normal basis. it happend once in microsofts career and once in sonys career. to ddos you need alot of people. more than half the amount of people actually on the server. maybe hes talking about the normal hackers on the cod games like in mw2. i was one of them, i wont sit here and lie. i made slow mo superjump sniper/knife only rooms which were an amazing amount of fun trying to qs people jumping all over the place in slow mo haha.

            • CoDforever

              Play masters league play in blops 2, your gonna get booted non-stop

          • Ryupyroa

            You can DDOS the host’s connection and in a P2P environment like Call of Duty, that means you instantly lose the match. I believe he’s referring to that, but.. without explaining..

            • Ryan Hoffman

              thatd be difficult to do without the hosts ip. its probly something id have to look into but i havent played a cod since blackops 1.

  • CoDforever

    YO I HAVE FOUND SOMETHING NOT MANY WEBSITES HAVE FOUND ! (delete post after you have acknowledged this post) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGkLYi7g4S4

  • Guest

    Mp1st deleted the post .. have you acknowledged it ?

    • WarBroh

      Off ya go troll. They nuked your post for a reason.

  • leeroy_newman

    Get a PC, problem fixed.

    • MegaMan3k

      lol

      elitists

      lol

      • Ryan Hoffman

        let them stroke their e-penis’ we all know theyre the only ones touching it =]

        • XFistsClenchedX

          Kinda like PS4 fans.

          • jj16802

            More like you.

            • Mr. Thuggins

              It’s more like a pissing contest when FistsClenched goes up against PS fans.

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

          They already stroke their own penises to begin with. Gotta alleviate those hurt wrists somehow

    • Brian

      You make us pc gamers look bad.

      • leeroy_newman

        By telling the truth.

        • Brian

          Except getting a pc doesn’t solve this. A lot of pc games are also P2P. Very few use dedicated servers.

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

      I have a PC. How do you figure I type this, parchment?

      I’m just not willing to drop all that money so it can play games better but not browse the internet or watch Youtube any better than my smartphone.

  • Aria68

    Future … cloud … compute … smart glass … 4 billion transistors … Future proof technology … offloading to cloud … 3 Operating systems … Yet there is barely any games on it that can run on native 1080p, Microsoft is full of BS and love to talk about things that no one literately understand of their true nature, gotta love their big talk and lack of any evidence to prove them!

    • XFistsClenchedX

      And the PS4 doesn’t have as many games running at 60fps as the Xbox One does. This generation won’t be about graphics. It will be about other features and capabilities. My cell phone will be more powerful than any next-gen console by the time the next-gen ends. The Galaxy Note 3 is already a powerhouse with 3GB of RAM.

      • That guy you might know

        Features…. I’m not too sure.

        Well, maybe actually, do you mean just in general or what affects the games?

        • XFistsClenchedX

          Everything.

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

          Some features do sound more appealing on Xbox One.
          For example, this very article. Dedicated server for all games where as only a few developer dependent games like Killzone and Battlefield 4 for PS4. Xbox One allows for actual multitasking having two instances running simultaneously where as PS4 only does app suspension(Think Galaxy Note III vs iPhone 5s). How the Xbox One is built with voice commands and gesture navigation in mind, while Sony says it’ll be possible with a future update with no date for it and only available to those who drop $60 on a PS4 webcam. All of those features regarding the lightbar on PS4 wil be readily available to everyone on XB1(while it does not mean everyone will use it).Microsoft has also confirmed unlimited cloud storage to store game downloads, movie and music purchases, recordings, DLC, game saves, avatar items ect as well as it not being tied to Gold whereas Sony only has 3GB only for PS+ suscribers.

          • Marcus Roue

            I love how you fanboys dress up nonsense as an ‘advantage’ for the XBone.

            Here are the FACTS:

            Any multi-platform game that uses dedicated servers on the XBone version will also have it available for the PS4 version.

            XBone is suffering from serious performance problems and no “cloud” service will allow it to produce smoother running games at 1080p.

            The incredible tech demos from Square Enix and Quantic Dream shows the true hardware advantage of the PS4. There are no tech demos for the XBone that can pull off anything similar. The XBone is seriously underpowered and many developers have come out and stated this.

            The XBone is a dead end system and Micro$oft can only tout its ‘TV’ features since it has nothing else. If you’re seriously going to put $500 into an XBone purchase you might as well flush it down the toilet.

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

              Lol alright, I love when guys like you like to accuse someone of being a fan boy all the while being one yourself. Notice how I said “some” and not all, and actually went as far as as to explain myself, which is way more than I can say for you. If you may please link me to the allegations of “serious issues” as I recall them already mass producing the console and even clocked up both the cpu and gpu a tiny bit. The only issues is how the reduced their launch due to Kinect localization issues and I would not even consider that “serious”

              Can you explain how every Sony version of the game is getting dedicated servers? I’ve not heard Sony say anything about it. I only know of a handful of games if even, and no Google searching has provided me the answer I’m looking for.

              And just how often since BEFORE E3,. had Microsoft “tout” TV capabilities? At every convention all I hear is how Titanfall is sweeping up awards and how according to people that have actually played the game, it’s living up to all the hype. They say the blind, can’t see right from wrong.

            • Marcus Roue

              Every multi-platform game will have dedicated servers for PS4.

              Why? Competition.

              CoD: Ghosts doesn’t want to lose PS4 customers to Battlefield 4 since EA provides dedicated servers themselves. The same goes for every other Multiplatform game.

              Sony is also working with Rackspace to implement dedicated server support. This is another option for publishers.

              Micro$oft has nothing good at this point.

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

      They’ve shown demosof Cloud at E3! They’ve explained things like Drivatar and the AI avatars in Titanfall alongside human characters Just because you didn’t see it on the live Stream doesn’t meant they’re lying. How about using Google sometimes? Here, a youtube video
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO0WoQaIP1g

      Maybe some articles. took me less than 2 minutes to find.

      http://www.polygon.com/2013/6/13/4427394/xbox-one-developers-team-up-nasa

      http://www.giantbomb.com/xbox-one/3045-145/forums/nvidia-demos-hybrid-cloud-rendered-lighting-1446867/

  • Johnny Neat

    Hold up, so basically with bluray disk capacities and cloud uploading of computations (Ai) XboxOne, and probably PS4 eventually, developers won’t have excuses for their gaming not looking good and playing good, huh? Well other than shitty development that is.

    P.s. I think Titan Fall can be a bit more detailed with so much space available, because right now it looks a bit lacking in crisp detail from what little we’ve been shown… Or is it just me? Oh yeah, Hey DICE! There’s no excuse for BF4 not looking like high settings on PC now. No one is expecting Ultra, but not one is expecting anything less than High on next gen consoles.

    • XFistsClenchedX

      There is a good excuse.. third party titles are being rushed. They didn’t get devkits until late.

      • Johnny Neat

        This argument is sound, but this generation not anywhere near as hurtful due to these console being old PCs. Wasn’t that their whole point, to get devs past excuses and running day one by using hardware they have already worked on?

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

      Well it is an EA game. Their policy is “If it looks good enough, ship it!”

      • Johnny Neat

        So true. Then again, this goes for Activision’s re-skin and ship tactics.

  • XFistsClenchedX

    Did anyone notice that you can change the color scheme of the UI on the Xbox One? It is good to see that ability confirmed.

  • xbox rules

    Microsoft xbox one will most likely be impossible to put a jtag. I for one saw in person the system and the xbox one controller. Which when I was at the gamestop conference back in aug . I asked major nelson about that question which he stated that they learned from the 360. People who put up you tube videos on how to mod the system which helped them fix the problem. So you tubers helped Microsoft fix the modding problem.

  • iwannafmydad

    i just wondering if i would be able to play gta 5 on the xbox one. or can the ps4 do that. my xbox is broken and don’t have enough memory believable. i don’t wanna pay 250 for new 360 and pay 600 when the xbox one is release.

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