Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned for Xbox 360 as it is on the brink of phasing out with Xbox 720 anticipated to launch next year.
A new update is announced for Xbox 360 which will see its first step towards Cloud technology....
its abt time these consoles adopted cloud technology...
The PS3 uses cloud save storage if you are a PS+ member.
and has for quite a while now. good to see Xbox getting it as well. It should come in handy for those users who do not have hard drives.
its a shame though the gaming industry with amount of technology within their hands reach still resort to cds
i still prefer a hard copy dude rather than going online to play my games.
me too bud, i dont like the idea of cloud gaming, look at onlive, i perchased the latest dirt game from there for £40 and in the small print it basically said that id have access to the game till like 2014 or something to that effect. plus if a device ever goes bankrupt that offers cloud gaming u loose all your games, at least with a hard copy its yours forever if u so wish
lol its not cloud gaming, its cloud storage. you can save your save files to the cloud, along with your profile. you cant play games from the cloud. its awesome, it means you can play a game at your house, then go over a mates place and pick up from where you left off without having to take a memory card. and its not like the PS3s horrible way of doing it. you simply say to save to the cloud, and you dont have to keep going in to your save data folder and uploading each file.
Hey there smartass, the saves for games on PS3 can be automated if desired. Check the properties of the next game you are going to play on PS3, if you had a ps3 you'd already KNOW that the cloud saves can be automated. It's far from "horrible" as you put in your sad trolling way... in fact it works just as you described. As for digital versus physical. Having a disc will always be better than a digital copy. ALWAYS. I can sell/trade/lend a disc, how would a consumer do that with a digital copy? I'll take physical value over digital "value" any day. TLDR; know what you're talking about, before you spew shit.
You don't have to "keep going in to your save data folder" if you don't want to. You pick which game(s) you want to have their save data uploaded, and it will do it automatically from then on.
well taking into consideration the amt gaming companies will save on making hardcopies the online price of the games are bound to go down. now tats a plus point
Companies saving money does NOT mean consumers will be saving money. You have been fed lies sir. If anything prices will go up as you will no longer have options like used/clearance or sale prices from chain stores or online. Not to mention you wont even "own" it after you pay whatever price they deem fit.
But you could be wrong too. For instance, Apple initially chose the cloud to deliver it's OS X Lion isntead of DVDs. This resulted in a brand new OS that was available for 29$. A lot of people did raise hell, which resulted in OSs being available in hard copy for 69$. They said that not only the hardcopy material costs, but shipping it from factories bump up the cost a lot. And this is the only hw that Apple makes available without 'Apple tax'. Regarding the fact that "you won't own it", that's wrong too. When you get OS X from the cloud you can download it again and again from the app store. It also allows you to install to multiple systems as long as you have your apple id on that Mac.
Actually you failed to consider the bandwidth costs it takes to run a cloud. A CD costs like what? $1-2? Burning is extremely cheap and shipping is not that much. That price hike you're paying really is to force you to switch to their cloud tech, not so much an Apple tax.
As a tester I must admit the cloud is done very well. Even though there is only 500mb of space and you can only upload saved games to it, It most definitely serves its purpose.
You can have your gamertag too. The only benefit to the cloud storage is if you play on multiple 360s (ie in another room or at a friends house). And so for those who think that it's a huge benefit... it's not. More of a convenience.
@Racer-X: A CD would not be able to hold OS X Lion. The size exceeds 4 gb which is why you need a 8gb pendrive. Moreover DVDs can't be used because of the MacBook Air line which do not have optical drives. Since the MBAs also make up a major portion of portable Mac sales they couldn't ignore this factor. The cost to run a cloud is there irrespective of whether Lion is there or not. By adding Lion to the mix they are making the most of their iCloud. Why couldn't the same be for PS3 and Xbox?
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