Harrison: “Power of Cloud” Will Keep Xbox One Competitive
I’m a man who enjoys the simple things in life: Ice cold Dr. Pepper, the occasional
few dozen strips strip or two of bacon, and a gaming PC that I upgrade on a near-annual basis. Consoles, like the forthcoming Xbox One, are victim to the old blessing-and-a-curse adage: Consoles cannot be upgraded (storage aside), which can lead to some design headaches, but the stagnant hardware means developers know exactly what their hardware target is.
Phil Harrison, Microsoft’s Vice President of Xbox, says the cloud will keep Father Time at bay deep into the Xbox One’s reported 10-year life cycle.
In an interview with MCV (emphasis added):
The way in which you keep the market fresh is keep the technology fresh and keep the development ecosystem growing so that new and exciting experiences are coming out. And with Xbox One using the power of cloud we can add features, we can add functionality, we can have performance increases over time. I think that will keep the platform very fresh over a long period of time.
The mysterious, all-powerful cloud will play an integral role in both next-gen systems coming this fall. Microsoft has long touted the cloud as a natural extension of the Xbox One, something Harrison confirms in the above quote. Microsoft has also reportedly been toying with pushing Xbox games to mobile devices via its vast server infrastructure. Sony, on the other hand, will be using the cloud to keep the ghosts of PlayStation’s past alive and well.