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Xbox One to offer free 'unlimited hard drive space' via the Cloud

Some more positive news has come out of the first ever PAX Australia this past weekend. During it, some key features have been revealed regarding the Xbox One. Aside from the usual "3X's the computing power" offered by the Cloud service speech, the people at Microsoft have now stated that the cloud essentially gives you an "unlimited sized" hard drive...

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TrevorPhillips1489d ago

That's great news to the people that are getting the Xbox One

Snookies121489d ago

Yeah, I gotta hand it to 'em. That's a wonderful feature. :]

JokesOnYou1489d ago (Edited 1489d ago )

According to Microsoft's public relation's, the Xbox One will offer this service for all Xbox Live members, negating the necessity of an Xbox Live Gold account to utilize the service as it stands currently:

“Xbox Live offers Xbox One unlimited storage space in the cloud for all Xbox Live members to store numerous types of Xbox Live content, including your profile, games, Achievements and entertainment. This content is stored and saved in the cloud so you can automatically access it anywhere, anytime, no matter where you are."

-Keep it coming micro, keep it coming.

thechosenone1489d ago (Edited 1489d ago )

Yeah really nice... and after being the biggest d**ks ever with all the DRM/24hr check/no used games, unlimited storage is a really, nice, feature...

JackBNimble1489d ago

Ya, you guys better get excited by this because xbots are going to need all the HDD space they can get since they will never be able to up grade their HDD ever.

Dir_en_grey1489d ago (Edited 1489d ago )

*face palm at people who easily get tricked into MS's simple marketing spin

This is no different then what's available on PS3 and 360 now.
Profile and achievements data are so simply small it will take up barely any storage space; "storing your games so you can download anywhere" is just being able to download from their existing store after a simple purchase history check.

Seriously guys? You are gonna get tricked into thinking some amazing new thing happened just because they used some words like "unlimited" and "cloud" to an existing and very simplistic service that is already standard everywhere???

Stop and THINK FIRST and stop getting tricked by every little marketing scheme already.

Avernus1489d ago

I don't usually comment on fanboy bait articles, but...

@ Dir_en_grey

You do have a point, a very valid one too. People will disagree, but it's true what you say.

Not hating on xbox cuz i'm getting a PS4, but MS is kinda fooling people with this. Anywho, doesn't matter to me personally.

FamilyGuy1489d ago

Lots of (Professor Fransworth voice) "good news!" coming from the X1 camp recently. I just don't get why they wouldn't have mentioned these things sooner like at their one of their 2 recent press conferences.

Still, good news is good news and given that they're saying this now it's pretty obvious that they'll have even better news to announce at GameCon.

Still buying a PS4 but this sort of stuff is how competition improves systems. Sony will try to do something to match or compete with these recent X1 features.

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dedicatedtogamers1489d ago (Edited 1489d ago )

Just to clarify, how is this different than what is currently offered by the 360? Honest question.

After reading the article again, what is different than how things currently are? Your saves, profile, Achievements, and digital media are already "available anywhere, anytime, no matter where you are" because - correct me if I'm wrong - you can simply sign in to any 360 with your profile and start downloading.

Feel free to click "Disagree" all you want but before you start spewing at me, it's a legit question.

awesomeperson1489d ago

@dedicatedtogamers

I want to know exactly that as well.

The quote is ability to store "your profile, games, Achievements and entertainment".

Profile and achievements is a given - that already happens for all members on whatever system. That info is stored on a server, and always will be.

By games and entertainment, I assume they just mean the licenses to download them? Or the ability to stream movies/music if you buy from a MS related service. Correct me if I'm misunderstanding this.
Once again, that's a given.

I'm assuming this will also include game saves, in which case the unlimited storage would be the only nice part of this announcement.

If MS stated you can actually upload "unlimited" amounts of your own content - this would be something special.

But before that happens, I wouldn't get my hopes up that this is anything more than what would be expected of the system.

nix1489d ago

hope that means you can upload all the movies, music and photos you have on your hard drive, windows phones and pc/tabs etc.

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nukeitall1489d ago

This is actually better than Sony, because on Playstation, you have to be PS+ member to enjoy cloud saves and it is limited to 1GB.

On the Xbox One it is now unlimited for all members, including non-gold XBOX LIVE members!

MS is on a roll with good news this past week.

Murad1489d ago

Totally agree with you. Even though I'm not buying anything Microsoft related I do find that Microsoft actually spending cash on their fans to be shockingly pleasant. However, I personally cannot see what I would do with all this space.

gaffyh1489d ago

Free cloud saves is the only thing new here, but that is a good feature. PS should have this feature, but it needs to be instant, like on iOS devices, where you can continue a game on a different device by logging in. PS+ save uploads are a bit annoying at the moment, although as the PS4 has a low power chip, this auto-upload might work better than on PS3.

CerebralAssassin1489d ago

@Dir above me

Who's getting tricked with their wording? This isnt anything new but it is just being confirmed it will be there for xbone. It was limited one the 360 and you need pn+ to have it on ps3. Which it still had a limit. How about you stop being that guy on the street corner on a soap box preaching how we need to atone for our sins and let it be.

n4rc1489d ago

It isnt a big deal.. They didn't hold some press conference to announce it, it was mentioned to a reporter at an event..

It is the same as currently.. Only now without the 512mb cap..

Its not huge news.. But how the Sony faithful try to spin it as bad news is utterly pathetic.

andrewsqual1489d ago

@Dir_en_grey Lol that is exactly what I was thinking. I mean there is no limit on my Download list on my PS3 so technically it is all there on the Cloud. On 360 you can't freely copy over mp3 or video files to the console so it more than likely won't store any of that stuff.
@JokesOnYou Saved games is the only thing that they should have mentioned that makes any sense.

hazardman1488d ago

@Der en grey and Avernus

Well seeing as you only get 512mb cloud space on xbox 360 id say unlimited space on xbox one cloud is a big deal.

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ChiaPet1488d ago

@Der_En_Grey

I think you are the one who needs to think first. If you actually read the quote on the link to the article the rep says that "games" can be saved on the cloud not just "game data". Also the current storage cap for xbox 360 is 512mb which is no where near enough to save a game. If you disagree you disagree with the facts.

AngryTypingGuy1488d ago

I'm still getting PS4 first, but XB1 is looking better and better! Isn't competition great?! Both systems are going to kick ass!

TheHybrid1488d ago

@JackBNimble, MS has already confirmed that you can use and PC external HD for all of the same purposes as the included HD. This is a win for consumers since PC hard drives are WAY Cheaper and way bigger than console hard drives

levian1488d ago

Wow, this is an amazing feature, good on them for coming up with a good use for it!

Although, I have my reservations about how well it will work. If you have an entire game installed to your HDD it runs faster than off the disk. But if your game is installed to your "cloud HDD", it will depend on your bandwidth.

Can the fastest internet service match the speeds of an actual HDD, or even a bluray drive?

xxLuckyStrike1488d ago

Uhh huh Right..Sony fanboys dont care an yet they "continue" 24hr Xbox troll_watch with eyes of fire

fr0sty1488d ago

So... we already had cloud game saves. Now we can store our games online. Aren't they already stored online? What's the difference from uploading your game "to the cloud" vs. just re-downloading it from the store? If you've already bought the game, it should work the same either way. I know PSN has a download list you can look at to see everything you've ever downloaded from the store, so I'm not seeing the advantage of using cloud storage for game storage at this point.

If it lets you just upload any file you want, that's cool.

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chuckyj11488d ago

@JackBNimble

are you dumb or just retarded? Can't upgrade the HDD? All you have to do is connect ANY 3.0 USB external HDD up and your done. No size limit restrictions. All I have to do is buy a WD mypassport 2TB HDD and 2.5TB will be all I need.

abzdine1488d ago

another way to lure and bring in all the sheep they can :)
PS4 is still and will always be the way to go for gamers.

trouble_bubble1488d ago (Edited 1488d ago )

@nukeitall
Comparing current PS3 cloud storage to future XOne cloud storage?? Nice spin attempt. Why not compare -current- PS3 to -current- 360? Proclaiming 'betters' when since Sony hasn't even announced their PS4 cloud storage parameters yet seems disingenuous.

As of today, 360 cloud storage is 512MB, requires XBL Gold, and many saves remain blocked by DRM and cannot be copied regardless. Try copying your Forza Horizon main save. You can't. PS Plus on the other hand offers more space --1GB-- and circumvents ALL DRM. Every save can be copied.

More appropriate woulda been to say XOne cloud storage > X360 cloud storage and leave the PS3 out of it.

Kryptix1488d ago

This feature can only work out if you can stream the content you own from your cloud. Otherwise it's kinda useless since saves only take some megabytes of space and gamer profiles are easily downloaded with one sign in. But you know what's funny, if you can stream games from your cloud and people utilize that, doesn't that go back to an always-online console? The option is there, you don't need to use it but Microsoft's answer to limiting the Xbox One's HDD making it unremovable is to go online and use the cloud. That's cool, but on the PS4 you can add any size of storage and you don't need to be online to access it. This news is great for people that have a reliable internet connection but people without it or don't have a good connection are still left out with limited space.

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georgeenoob1488d ago

Wow you guys are ignorant. Re-read the title of this article, does Xbox 360's cloud storage offer unlimited hard drive space? No. That's what's different. In fact, it can only use 512MB max. Huge improvement.

The_Con-Sept1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

Yay another non gaming related feature. It's a storage device that works with Microsoft content!

Edit: on PS3 currently we are able to export game data, game cores, game saves, game related media, and even profile data on any available external medium such as hard drives, soft drives(clouds), solid state drives, and flash drives.

Instead Microsoft ties in your account to a single cloud. Why is it bad to have information stored on just one device?

What happened when the WTC building 1 and 2 were hit? Millions of people suddenly had lost wages. No pay checks for almost 3 months. That was an extreme case and I hate to bring it up but seriously..... Think about it for a second. If you had millions of any 1 item would you keep them all in one place or several?

I choose to keep my treasures in several places. If one gets hit then I have the rest to keep.

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dedicatedtogamers1489d ago

"Free", not "free with Xbox Live Gold"

It's good that Microsoft clarified this.

AngelicIceDiamond1489d ago

Yeah its under the gold of subscription of course.

This is crazy good news.

JokesOnYou1489d ago (Edited 1489d ago )

AngelicIceDiamond, nah unless I missed something its free to ALL xbox live members, that's pretty sweet news for X1 owners. 500GB is a lot most will never fill but for any of the hardcore out there that have a lot of content its pretty awesome to know you never need to pay for getting another HDD. My question is why don't they save good news like this for Gamescon?...or do they have something even better up their sleeves?

JackBNimble1489d ago

JOY
I hope 500gb is enough for you , because you have no options to up grade.
just saying,

It ain't enough for me this gen I can tell you that.