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┬ástrip 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.

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4 Comments on Harrison: “Power of Cloud” Will Keep Xbox One Competitive


On October 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Now we all know anything Microsoft tells us could mean anything they later change their minds to, but am I the only person who thinks it would be cool to stream my Xbox One games to my Windows 8 Phone/Tablet?


On October 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Fair idea in theory. However, unless Microsoft has billions of dollars just sitting around in a slush fund that they’re planning on using to upgrade the United States’ internet infrastructure over the next few years, then Mr. Harrison is talking out of his a@@.


On October 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

What JawaEsteban said. XB1 will have mediocre sales and deliver an endless load of anti-consumer, anti-gamer nightmares. Microsoft has made it clear that gamers are their lowest priority – the XB1 is first and foremost a media marketing platform. This is the year Sony retakes their crown.


On October 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

@ Huntsman06

A couple weeks ago, news broke that MS had Halo 4 running on a medium-end Windows 8 phone, so soulc very much happen down the road.