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

Check out the previous releases of Xbox

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.

Timeline of Xbox

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

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