How Important Is XBL Cloud Storage To You?
Microsoft left something fairly significant out of its E3 conference…
“We are making it easier for you to sign into your Xbox Live account from any console at any time to access your game saves and full profile,” the Live Executive said in an open letter to the community.
“Cloud storage will allow you to enjoy the same great Xbox Live gaming experience even when you’re not in your own living room by giving you the option to store your “game saves” securely in the Xbox Live cloud, instead of on a portable memory unit or your console’s hard drive. Gone are the days of “gamertag recovery”. Now all you need to do is sign in, no matter where you are!”
That’s good news, no? It certainly got us excited: the ability to save and retrieve at will on another console anywhere in the world, without the need to carry a hard drive or memory stick around. Not having to wait on a tedious Gamertag download is bonus too, especially for gamers constantly moving between consoles.
This is pretty significant news to the core gamer, something Microsoft might have highlighted in its lacklustre E3 press conference on Monday, if it wasn’t so skewed towards Kinect bolt-ons, kiddy titles and a new dashboard. Yes… a new dash board. How the hell does that take precedent over cloud storage? A room full of specialist journalists, its entire core audience watching from around the world and Microsoft neglects a feature that could have rescued its entire conference from complete derision. We can only guess that, as a feature that would only interest a core audience, cloud storage simply didn’t fit with the casual angle of the presentation, though this does feel like Microsoft is rubbing salt in our wounds.
But we’ll take any bone thrown to us right now, and moving the Xbox Live service deeper into the cloud is an exciting thought. First storage and perhaps sometime in the future, a game streaming service?