Microsoft Looking At Using Cloud Storage To Reduce HDD Requirements For Xbox One X Games

Using the power of the cloud to supplement your local data storage.

Posted By | On 23rd, Aug. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


With Xbox One X, we are finally entering an era where a lot of games will be able to run in true, native 4K- but you know what the problem with that is? True, native 4K games are extremely heavy. They take up a lot of storage space. With Microsoft’s games routinely approaching the 100GB mark in terms of storage requirement, an absurd number given the storage that comes on board with the Xbox One, as well as modern internet infrastructure, Microsoft believes it may have an idea to circumvent the idea in the future.

“On the platform side [we’re] looking at things like what we call internally ‘Intelligent Delivery’,” Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said to GamesRadar. Intelligent Delivery, described by Ybarra, is a mechanism where the more important bits are the ones that are automatically picked off of the servers and downloaded to your system, while more peripheral data is kept on the cloud, for your console to access as you play games.

This has three results- your game takes up less space on the hard drive, because not all of it has to be downloaded; you need to be connected to the internet to play your game, because you will not be able to access important files otherwise; and you are using the cloud to power your games. The former is something that is undoubtedly beneficial to games and gamers- the latter probably hit too close to the original vision for the Xbox One, which was roundly rejected by gamers not that long ago.

That said, it is extremely important to note that this technology is neither new, nor Xbox exclusive- for instance, Apple employs a version of this for bigger iOS apps on the App Store as well. Whether or not it can be as accepted in the gaming realm remains to be seen.


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  • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Oh my God. What. A. Joke

    Here. We. Go. Again.

    • shinningserpent

      5 profiles??? you have nothing to do and you have a choice of either the cloud or a hard drive so learn how to read.

    • Smart guy

      No he doesn’t, that’s a FACT.

  • Mr Xrat

    So now we know how they’ll sneak it in with the next Xbox. I knew there was a reason their compression was so bad.

    • kma99

      All three of your alts have the same amount of upvotes lol. That’s consistency lol

  • Dafuq Iswrong

    lol, da cloud…

  • Holeybartender

    I guess holding the games license hostage from you wasn’t enough,now you want half the game too. Here’s an idea, go screw yourself. Again.

    • kma99

      You guys are the biggest conspiracy theorist in the world.

    • Holeybartender

      It’s no conspiracy,it’s fact.Microsoft has made it clear from day one it wants to dominate the gaming market and the living room with the Xbox One. Game licenses are locked in the cloud and if you can’t log in to your account it won’t verify the license on your digital games. Same thing will happen if half the game’s hdd space is only accessed through an Internet connection. You want proof? Crackdown 3’s real-time destruction using cloud computing. No Internet,no cloud computing features. Same with Xbox’s backwards compatibility.No Internet,no bc.

    • kma99

      Lol. Guess what, if you’re that afraid then buy disk. You guys will cry over anything. It’s called providing a service, you know they did mention that they were a SERVICE provider. I’m pretty sure you don’t even have to have cloud storage if you dont want it. Guess you will have to give back those ps plus games too since you don’t own them anyway.

    • Holeybartender

      If they want to have the hdd space in the Cloud because it’s over 100gigs like all UHD discs are then buying the discs does sh*t,now does it?

      Your absolutely right,it is a service.And as a service if you don’t keep paying them then you can’t play the game you bought because half of it is locked behind their paywall. And yeah,even with PS Plus the games are locked without it. You can “keep” the games and content you pay for with PS plus discounts but lose any free games you got for paying for the PS Plus subscription. Just like Xbox if you can’t log in to your PS account,not PS Plus mind you, on your PS4 then it won’t verify the license for the digital games and it locks you out. You can play your bought digital games only if you can log in to your account to verify you “own” them. It’s why I switched back to buying physical disc games.If they start making games with half the game online and half on disc like they would have to do because it’s too big for even 100gig UHD discs(and they haven’t even begun to do that yet) then even with buying physical I’m screwed.So yes,I am very afraid and you should be to.

    • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Wonderful. Just wonderful. You just served these clowns something to chew on that they had no clue about. They think that buying the disc version grants them the full game? LOL. When will they ever learn? Hilariousness!

    • kma99

      Ahhh dont know where u been this gen but anyone with a xbox gets free cloud storage so this fee you mention is non existent.
      Why would I feel the need to be scared if im going to be scared then i or even you should have just stayed with last gen machine.
      Best believe if Microsoft did it sony would too. Remember they promised to never charge for online play only to back out of that deal.

    • Holeybartender

      The fee is that you have to pay for Internet access,wether that’s a gaming service or not, If I payed for an entire game I should own it outright. You don’t buy a car and let the dealership keep the battery do you?

    • kma99

      Stupid analogy but I wouldn’t expect anything less. You think it’s ok to pay to play online yet scream bloody murder if a SERVICE company provides a SERVICE to help you alleviate the hassle of storage space on your hard drive. Btw you pay for free games on both consoles and yet when u stop paying all of those games go back to the original owner.

      Keep trying you might convince someone else other than you and xrat

    • Holeybartender

      I’m not paying to use online features or online multiplayer,I’m paying to play the game itself. Mandatorily storing half the game online is stopping me from playing the game I paid for if I don’t have Internet. If it were optional where I could either store a 100-plus gig game on my harddrive or store half of it online then that’s fine,but that’s not what they are saying.

    • kma99

      So apparently you know exactly what they are saying. A Microsoft hater that has the inside scoop now lol. You know nothing just like you don’t know that you get free cloud storage through xbox.

    • Holeybartender

      Games are getting bigger than 100 gigs and if you want to play them then you have to go through us.Yup, I know exactly what they are saying. And you making the assumption I don’t know that you get free cloud storage is all you,buddy. I’m pretty sure free cloud storage is labelled under “online features”. Idiot.

    • kma99

      Imagine that a console that is online given free storage oh the horror lol. Not like sony wasn’t cheating out this gen by only giving you 10 gigs of cloud space for online storage. Wow imagine that sony giving storage space for being online. What’s next someone will invent the wheel.

    • Holeybartender

      F*** your online storage for stupid screenshots,1 gigs of save files or useless “Yay me!” bs trophies,we’re talking about playing the game itself. They want you to pay full price for half a game and charging a fee,Internet provider or Xbox Live,to use the rest of it. That’s the issue, not ADDITIONAL online features. There’s two things I have to pay for and that’s use of the game and the use of online features.Now they want to lump it all under their online services and that is what’s bs.

      BTW,10 gigs for online storage isn’t enough!? Omg,how much space do you need? I have over 56 games and I only have barely 2 gigs of save files for the entire time. What are you doing? Taking a screenshot every two seconds or recording an entire game from start to finish?

    • kma99

      Get mad Darth sidious lol. You bargain basement gamer crying over something you don’t own or carr about. Go crawl back in your hole and ask sony for another 10 gigs to lift your spirits

    • Holeybartender

      Damn right I’m mad,I hate price gouging just as much as anyone but bargain basement gamer?Please,I buy a console day one and every major game release that I like after that. Go back to taking it up the your hole from Microsoft since you like being bent over so much.

    • Psionicinversion

      Crackdown 3’s cloud computing destruction only runs on the multiplayer so if you got no internet your not getting multiplayer lmao, your so dumb

    • Holeybartender

      No,your so dumb.Game physics are part of the game engine and if they are locked to multiplayer like CD3 then half of a game would be locked online too. You don’t get it,they aren’t just talking digital games here but physical games also. If 4k games are too big for UHD discs (the fact they don’t use them now is a whole other discussion) then physical disc games would be locked as well and that’s a huge problem.

    • Psionicinversion

      no your dumb. you can scale the level of physical destruction. its ok you stick to your 10 piece playstation local versus 1000 piece online

  • LifeOnMars

    Same s#### Different day, sounds like Microsoft are up to their old tricks again.
    Just make the internal drive changeable like Sony.

    • S. Cruz

      Both support external.drives what’s the point of swapping if you have to format each time you do it. Plug and play is better for both

    • LifeOnMars

      I don’t want an external drive personally, but I have the choice.

    • S. Cruz

      External is a great choice if you want to bring a game to friend or families house, no need to lug a console around just plug and play

  • Doggystyle ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Hello Steve, please sign into the cloud to continue loading game assets. Oh, I’m sorry but it appears that the cloud services are down right now”

    “What? The cloud is down? THE CLOUD IS DOWN??? OMG!!!!”

    • Fweds

      You need to vent your anger at Sony not MS, it was Sony who sold you that Underpowered and no features PS Protato not MS.


 

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