The power of ‘The Cloud’ has been touted since even before next generation consoles like Xbox One were revealed, but what this magical (READ: Brute force) technology is actually capable of has been the cause of much debate ever since Microsoft took the wraps off of its upcoming machine.
Can ‘The Cloud’ really improve the capabilities of a console over and above expanded features and functionality? Can cloud computing make your Xbox One more powerful?
Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison has weighed in on the digital future of the videogames industry in a wide-ranging interview with MCV, but one snippet from this chat has caught the imagination of readers where Harrison alludes to improved performance that can be eked out from the cloud in coming years, saying:
“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.”
Do you agree that cloud computing can help a static technology box become more powerful, or does Harrison mean something else? Can cloud computing take some of the strain of your console’s every day tasks to free it up for other computations?