Microsoft Steps Up Its Game by Offering Unlimited Cloud Storage for Xbox One Console

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yammerpickle2

I don't trust Ballmer. MS will lure you in and get you to rely on the storage, and then they will use some lame excuse to put caps, bandwidth restrictions, or some other handicap in the way of using the service without an upgrade to a premium paid subscription.

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wumpus

I don't trust Sony anymore than I trust Ballmer. While removing the "OtherOS feature" might have directly harmed about 10 people (of course, some of them were then motivated to root the PS3), it gave Sony clear proof that they were allowed to "alter the deal" when they want.

Expect both the PS4 and the Xbone to go back to Microsoft's original plan once they get some marketshare.

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maxeeemum

@yammerpickle2

Yes I have to agree! I'm not too happy with M$ in the last 2 years or so. Just look at Windows 8 and all things related! They need more than a "reorganization" at M$. For me Windows 7 may be the last M$ product I will buy for many years to come.

I'd go with the PS4!

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Sir Hobbes3

Ok, that's great if you have unlimited cloud storage but what about the majority of people who have 1.5 DSL and the upload speed is like 0.25 (yes not 25 .25, thats a decimal point there) megabits per second!???!?!?! I can barely use Ubuntu One or Sky Drive as it is because i have to sync my files when im not doing anything, ie: at night! If the servers go down whoop dee do! Now you really are screwed! Why don't you make the hard drive bigger instead of installing more servers and what not since local storage is what most people actually want!

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Julian Reiche

Actrually, American's everage internet is 8.6Mbps and globally 3.6Mbps.

http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/q1_2013_soti_infographic.pdf

 

 

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surfinsam

That would be because that would raise the price of the console, and most people have at least 3mbps dsl with 1mbps upload or have cable like me and get 15mbps download and 1mbps upload

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Ntldr

I am still not happy about not being able to play any old games on the new console. I wanted to trade my 360 in to get the One but looks like I will be keeping it until they change that little glitch in their marketing.

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Zanshi

That's not going to happen. The XBox 360 used a PowerPC processor, and the XBox One is going to use an AMD processor with the x86 and x64 code in it. They are COMPLETELY incompatible with each other. The best example is when Apple switched to Intel processors. More recent example: ARM vs. x86. 360 titles will need to be recompiled to work for XBox One, but they'll probably be digital download only at this point.

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jgottberg

Don't need an XBL account to use it... lol!! I'm sure that will change (like MS has done with just about every other aspect of the system). As it is, you need a stupid XBL subscription to watch Netflix regardless if you never play a game on the system (online or otherwise) or not.

When a company changes direction as fast as they have concerning a product, I find it really hard to trust that product.

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Shalbatana

Sure it's "unlimited", but they'd be fools not to limit content types that go into this storage. I would be surprised if one were ever allowed to upload "unlimited" music and video.

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theplustwo

I'm curious if "numerous types of Xbox Live content, including your profile, games, Achievements and entertainment" includes any of your own personal data, like photos and videos from outside the Xbox services. I'm guessing not.

So basically they're saying that you have "unlimited storage" for stuff you purchase through the Xbox store, which is kind of like Netflix saying you have unlimited storage for movies you watch via Netflix.

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Zanshi

Or Apple saying that you have unlimited iCloud storage for iTunes store purchases...

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DCantu1970

Kinda sounds like Microsoft is trying to find ways to make (force) people be (stay) connected to the internet whenever they are using the new X-Box. Put it this way--no internet connection, no cloud storage. Yeah, you don't have to use that feature, but I feel that they are using sneaky tactics to achieve this goal of having you have their machine connected to the internet...surely it's going to "call home" and send info.

"Unlimited cloud storage" isn't really a boon when you may very well be giving up your privacy in the process. It's like a carrot being dangled in front of you...

Who's to say what they will do with all of this information that they will have whenever a person does save all of their info "on the cloud". Will MS think that they are privy to your info since it's on THEIR cloud, uploaded by THEIR machine? Will it be used to send the user more advertisements, based on their "playing habits" or other info that they get by this cloud "feature"?

Sorry, but the new X-Box sounds less and less attractive to me. The typical person has no idea how valuable your information is to companies like Microsoft, and people make it way too easy for them to get it.

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Kyokugen

You act like people don't leave their 360s and PS3s (and of course laptops, blu-ray players, rokus, etc) always connected to the internet ANYWAY. I have no problem with always connected functionality because pretty much every device in my entertainment sphere requires it already, and this is a hell of a great way to get me to do something I (along with very nearly every other gamer) was going to do ANYWAY.

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Refuge88

DCantu1970, first, don't think PS3 is any more secure and less watched with its cloud based system.

Second, Big Brother already knows which hand you use to wipe your ass. If you didn't want to be tracked, you wouldn't be on here buddy. lol

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dgrmouse

This is stupid. What people need is a way to cache over LOCAL networks to a family PC, not another excuse to connect to Microsoft to upload analytics and download advertisements.

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misterz100

huh about time consoles catch up to PCs lol Steam already saves your stuff hehe

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SuperSATA

Yeah, I know. Haha, it's fun looking down at the consoles while they're trying to be like Steam.

Actually, Xbox One's old DRM policies would have made it more like Steam, but now that it's been gotten rid of, Xbox will be no more like Steam than before. I wonder what percentage of Xbox users understand this?

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jgottberg

Believe it or not SATA, it's the console gamers that have kept DRM at bay as long as it has been. PC gamers sold out to the shitty Steam DRM for quite awhile now. The last thing a console gamer wants is to sell out too (and be like Steam).

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Nixon

I'm sure there's a limit somewhere in there (like ISP data caps to ISP's that says they don't have a data cap). But it sounds really good none the less! I wouldn't use it for game installs to games I use frequently unless my internet was blazing fast, but it makes a good place for everything else that might clutter up the drive.

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bobthegoat2001

I was actually thinking it would be nice to also use it for game installs, though I don't think they will allow you to use it for that.

Ever since they've introduced game installs, I've always installed my games to help the longevity of my DVD drive (and now the Blu-Ray drive in the One). The problem is I've got so many games that I'm always getting low on HDD space and I sometimes have to delete some game installs that I haven't finished yet to install new games. It would be nice to have an option to just download it also, instead of having to re-install it again from the disc.

I do have about 20-25mbps from my ISP and they recently announce new 105mbps speeds, which I may eventually upgrade to, but I'm not sure yet. My current contract is unlimited, and the new speed will be capped, though they say at 999GB a month (which is probably plenty, I just don't like the idea of it). Price will jump from about $40 to $100 if I decide to do it also.