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Is Xbox1's cloud really as good as microsoft is making it seem?
Wanted to get the opinion of the PC master race so I dont buy into the console hype.
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Maybe in 10 years the technology might exist, but it will be far longer before the internet infrastructure exists.
At the moment, cloud game rendering requires a dedicated computer and graphics card for every player.
That's at least 600 dollar per active player.
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Here's the deal:
In theory, cloud gaming would allow for cheap hardware (even as low as $100, in a cloud-dedicated machine) and a gaming experience as-good, if not better than, what is possible in a $500 console, or even $1500 PC.
In practice, however, it would require an incredibly fast internet connection to get even close to this level. 1 Gbps would be a nice start, but even then, there'd be noticeable, gameplay-interfering latency...and we probably won't have these speeds widely available until at least 2020 in the United States (Europe might get them sooner, though). And even then, it'd be another decade before enough people got it to support a large gaming population...and all the while, you'd have new technologies like optical and quantum computing pressing in, threatening to make major leaps happen over the span of a year and pushing the point at which cloud gaming becomes virtually equal to non-cloud gaming back.
That said, if you want to try cloud gaming for yourself, you could always try out On Live - every game on the service has a free 1/2 hour trial, so you wouldn't have to spend any money testing it out.
Also, remember that the moment the servers go down, the game becomes unplayable. And even if reliability does increase by then, companies will, eventually, abandon less-popular games to save on costs.
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It could be. Things that aren't time sensitive could be calculated and sent even on low-bandwidth connections. You have to understand, they're not talking about streaming gameplay (or rather, streaming a video, audio included of the gameplay) like Gaikai or onlive. I doubt it'll be a problem for most of the people who buy the X1, though I'm sure there will be a few problems that occur on occasion.
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Hey, check out how powerful our system is. With the cloud, it's now faster than the PS4! Right? ...Right......? Guys..........? :(
In theory yes, in reality no.
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I could see them doing some nice dynamic cloth physics, wave simulations (although obviously interactions would be lagged unless it switches on-the-fly to a simple simulation when you interact, for the cloth physics anyway), maybe pre-rendering some nicer videos to play as backdrops for some games, but for it to be something actually neat and useful, we're not nearly there yet. If they do manage to do something significant, I'll be extremely surprised.
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They won't actually be using it to play games through, just stream your video, keep your saved game files, etc.
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