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
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.
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.
With the new Xbox less than 24 hours away, Graeme Boyd, the UK social marketing manager posted this image on Twitter account showing all of the companies previously released versions of the Xbox in one infographic.
The image starts with the original Xbox (2001) with two rare special editions- translucent green (2003) and the crystal edition (2004).
It wasn’t until the 2005 Xbox 360 that Microsoft went mad and produced a shed load of different versions. Some may forget that the original Xbox 360 had a faceplate that could be removed and replaced with a variety of different designs. Microsoft released two other special editions for the launch of Halo 3 and another for the Simpsons movie, both with custom artwork for the cases.
The black version of the original Xbox 360 (Xbox 360 Elite/2007) spawned three special game editions in 2010 with custom artwork; Resident Evil 5, Final Fantasy XIII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
It was in 2010 that Microsoft launched a full redesign of the Xbox 360’s case, calling it the Xbox 360 S. The case also had several special versions released to tie in with game launches; Halo Reach( 2010), Gears of War 3, Star Wars: Kinect and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in 2011 and Halo 4 (2012) Microsoft also released a basic white version of the Xbox 360 S in 2012.
So, will Microsoft reveal the look of the next Xbox tomorrow? The odds are that Microsoft will indeed show off what the next Xbox’s case design will be like and it certainly should be the topic of much debate, no matter what it turns out to be.
Source: Graeme Boyd on Twitter
According to a new report posted on The Verge, Microsoft is killing off the Microsoft Points system for cash and gift cards. The Points system has been used mainly for the Zune originally but more recently for the Xbox console, but the new gift cards will work across various marketplaces including the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and Xbox.
According to The Verge, the shift from a virtual currency to physical cash has been a “long time coming”. The move, which is similar to Apple’s iTunes vouchers, will allow users to use real currency to download content. Cash transactions via a credit or a debit card will also be supported.
Microsoft is planning to unveil the giftcards around the time of E3 next month with a launch later this year, possibly alongside the new Xbox console.