Microsoft talks about Xbox One cloud servers will tackle processor-intensive gaming chores

One of the many pieces of information that Microsoft revealed on Tuesday was that Microsoft has added 300,000 servers to Xbox Live, up from the initial 15,000.

Now, General Manager, Matt Booty talked to Ars Technica about how this will improve game play. He said that the improved cloud architecture will speed up CPI heavy chores that are not dynamic on latency- for example lightning and cloth dynamics- by pre-calculating them before applying them to a scene.

To make this possible, the cloud server will provide three virtual devices for “every Xbox One available in your living room.” It will however be up to game developers to manage transitions between console-only and cloud assisted graphics as the first few seconds of lighting in a new scene will be handled by the console before servers can take over.

Because of this, many titles may look better when online but you will still be able to play them even if the internet connection is lost.

Source: Ars Technica

Xbox One: AMD confirmed at co-designer

One of the many pieces of information that Microsoft revealed on Tuesday was that Microsoft has added 300,000 servers to Xbox Live, up from the initial 15,000.

Now, General Manager, Matt Booty talked to Ars Technica about how this will improve game play. He said that the improved cloud architecture will speed up CPI heavy chores that are not dynamic on latency- for example lightning and cloth dynamics- by pre-calculating them before applying them to a scene.

To make this possible, the cloud server will provide three virtual devices for “every Xbox One available in your living room.” It will however be up to game developers to manage transitions between console-only and cloud assisted graphics as the first few seconds of lighting in a new scene will be handled by the console before servers can take over.

Because of this, many titles may look better when online but you will still be able to play them even if the internet connection is lost.

Source: Ars Technica

New Xbox: EA confirms FIFA 14 for Xbox v.NEXT

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Until today, the only game that was confirmed to be shown tomorrow was Activision’s upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts. Today, EA confirmed it will be making an appearance during the event at the big tent in Redmond, Washington.

In a post on the EA Sports FIFA Facebook page, the publisher announced it will show the first footage of FIFA 14, the next game in its best selling pro soccer game series, tomorrow as part of the revealing.

EA was a noticeable no-show in February when Sony revealed the PlayStation 4, although the company has already announced it plans to release games for Sony’s next console as well. However, EA has confirmed it currently does not have any plans to release games for the Wii U.

Source: EA Sports on Facebook Image via Facebook

New Xbox: Microsoft trademarks ‘Forzavista’

One of the launch games speculated for the new Xbox is Forza Motorsport 5, would be the latest game in the Xbox exclusive racing simulation series.

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Now, with just over 24 hours to go, Microsoft has recived a trademark for a Forza-related item. A search of the US Patent and Trademark Office database brings up a May 15, 2013 trademark for “Forzavista’ that’s now owned by Microsoft. However, it does not appear that Forzavista is meant to be the name of an actual game. Rather, the description of the trademark appears to be for a feature inside of a game. It states:

A feature of interactive video game software which allows players to obtain statistical information of internal and external features of a vehicle and to virtually navigate and operate those vehicles.

We would not be surprised if “Forzavista” is talked about on Tuesday for the next Xbox reveal event in Redmond, Washington.

Source: USPTO

New Xbox: Tent almost done; rain due soon

With less than 48 hours away, Microsoft is finishing the assembly for the massive tent on its Redmond campus that will house the selected few from the press amongst others.Microsoft’s Larry Hryb took to his Twitter account late Sunday to post a new image of the Xbox Reveal Tent, now almost completely assembled on the outside. Hryb has already said that we won’t get to see what’s going on inside the structure until tomorrow.

Typically, those waiting may get a little wet as the current forecast is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain, which is not that surprising for the Seattle area.

Source: Major Nelson on Twitter

WSJ: New Xbox may feature streaming

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that as well as live television integration, Microsoft has also been testing a streaming game service that may be shown off tomorrow.  As is typical with these reports, The Journal cites “people familiar with the matter,” that Microsoft has developed the technology itself.

By comparison, Sony purchased cloud gaming company Gaikai for $380 million a year ago, and the acquired technology will be part of its PlayStation 4 console. Microsoft may use this technology to stream legacy Xbox 360 games to the new Xbox although according to the report it’s unclear if next-generation games would also be available for streaming.

Last month job listings from Microsoft revealed the company was hiring for a cloud gaming initiative, though the listings didn’t specifically state the program was for the next Xbox. Applicants hired for the positions would “work across internal teams, and with external development partners to drive experiences in gaming that have not been possible before and have not been done before,” a listing said.

In addition to the steaming service, The Journal corroborates claims that Microsoft is working on a television connectivity feature that would allow users to connect the console to their set-top boxes from television service providers. Other possible announcements include “specialized glasses” that will go beyond current 3D glasses technologies and possibly “blend images of the real world with that of a game,” the report states.

Source: The Wall Street Journal