Phil Harrison: “The cloud will keep consoles relevant”

Thursday, 26th September 2013 12:50 GMT By Dave Owen

During his Eurogamer Expo talk Microsoft Corporate Vice President stated that “the cloud will keep consoles relevant.” This was said in answer to a question from the audience which asked for Harrison’s thoughts on how the power of home consoles has increased over the years, and where consoles might be going next.

Harrison talked a great deal about the cloud during the talk, reiterating that it is one of Xbox One’s chief selling points. Having said that Microsoft plans to support Xbox One for more than 10 years, they’ll likely be looking to cloud technology and the power and social benefits it can bring to make that a reality.




    So true.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Pytox

    Rocket science !

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Well, I guess that presentation put all the speculation about the Xbone’s custom GPU to rest.

    AMD didn’t reveal anything, nor did MS today and the NDA that people thought might exist is now null and void.

    MS wasn’t hiding anything, they have just taken the Nintendo route; i.e. we don’t want to talk direct specs as it’s only on par or below what Sony offers.

    So… Xbone has a better CPU, Sony has a better GPU. The memory situation seems about equal now the dust has settled abit.

    I expect both consoles to come out pretty even when it comes down to it.

    What a shame, I was hoping one manufacturer to smash it out of the park with specs. The cloud thing could be helpful in the future, but by then, we’ll prob be able to stream Xbox games straight to the TV and the point of having a console won’t exist anymore. So, pointless for the next 5 years…

    Can’t wait for the digital foundary tests on launch titles. It’s going to be Xbox 360.5 & PS3.5 for at least a year.

    Online features will be improved, but sharing and facebook / media don’t mean jack to me.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Cort

    DF will do what DF always do. They’ll decide that whatever the XBox can do is the standard reference point, and then rule that the PS isn’t as good because it doesn’t look exactly the same.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Kreion


    Actually if cloud computing and internet speeds continue to advance, then they may well be a way to keep consoles up to date with more expensive PC’s. That is that a user could offset some of the work to a remote system, but I’d agree that as it stands now there’s little to no evidence that either internet speeds or the infrastructure exists to fully make that idea come to life.

    With that said very expensive PC’s will likely always remain the fastest option, but this isn’t about being the fastest really – it’s just about being fast enough when compared to the costs.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet


    As I mentioned above, if it got that reliable, you wouldn’t really need a console…

    A streaming device could be in your TV, a cheap set top box etc…

    The same way it can keep consoles relevant, is the same way it kills them off…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    “no paki connection”…


    #7 1 year ago
  8. Opalauge

    I love tech-noobs denigrate the cloud. It’s useful to outsource enviormental effects like lightning based on photon tracing, voxel injection and irradiant mapping. It’s already working even with a latency of 1000ms/30fps and this is just the beginning. It is reality and nothing far from feasible.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. VibraniumSpork

    @11 Good intel. I think it’s still a lot of this opinion is a hangover from MS’s early PR blunders though. Back then it felt like MS used the Cloud as this catch-all answer to various problems, but they’ve throttled it back a little.

    On that same note, has this been Microsoft’s best XB1 conference yet? Harrison gave straight answers to straight questions, and it hasn’t felt like smoke and mirrors have been used at all.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. VibraniumSpork

    @12 + @14 “Pakis” – Really guys!?!? Is this the time/place/century for mouthbreather racial slurs? (Unless you’re under the age of 13, in which case go on with your pubeless, dumbass self)

    #10 1 year ago

    What a wonderful blog you have here, Pat.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. smoke.tetsu

    As if the cloud was a console exclusive thing. Also I highly doubt my internet connection is fast and latency free enough to leverage a system I’d have’s power for any noticeable performance win…. or gaming that is superior to anything I can do locally.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Opalauge

    4k is the future? well, if you got enough space, a compatible beamer or a 70″ TV (at least)… -.-*
    both consoles wouldn’t even be able to play 4k movies from the start and without problems.
    by the way, comapring video streaming with effect- and AI streaming is very clever/retardet. oh my god!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. monkeygourmet


    Can you ban these 2 assholes please?


    I don’t want to read shit like this or from people who think it’s funny…:

    “play COD and look all that pakis who playing with 150ms and higher and that dickhead Harrison talks about cloud lol haha what a joke cuz who hv the MONEY or PROVIDER for 400mb? i’m not living in japan so we all hv a lame paki connection….”

    TEA and other people are banned in seconds, come on, get your fingers out and sort this shit out please.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. viralshag

    To be fair most of the UK based people will be in the middle of Eurogamer so it’s not exactly a priority considering they will be walking/typing/interviewing.

    Better off waiting for Steph or someone from the US to get here.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. VibraniumSpork


    Here here. II-WAR-STEINER-II seems like a Grade A, regulation-issue douchebag. I was beginning to think AngryConsumer was *kinda* okay…not anymore. Ban these fools yo.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. VibraniumSpork

    @23 Using the word “Paki” ain’t the way to prove otherwise. I also have a problem with your frightening disregard for punctuation, grammar and spelling, just so you know.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Spectrumlove

    Mr Harrison, You talk nonsense please sit down, No one listens to you since you left Sony, Atari…..

    #18 1 year ago

    ^ Nice stealth edit, nazi boy.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Opalauge


    but your example simply sucks! videos need more bandwidth than enviorment effects and because of this they are more voulnerable to high latency.

    4k is funny, but PS4 and XBO are NOT supporting 4k for games…even not really for movies. they simply do not have a BRXL drive nor do the support the new H.265 standard or HDMI 2.0!!!
    so forget about 4k!


    damn…I’m so sorry for your lack of education, intelligence and appropriate behavior…

    #20 1 year ago
  21. VibraniumSpork

    @30 G1GAHURTZ ain’t lying…I saw you’d typed ‘Paki’ too. It was where you’ve over-typed ‘GUY’ in tell-tale capital letters.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Riseer

    @3 Xbone has a better Cpu Ps4 has a better Gpu/Memory.You can’t say DDR3 is better for games…Esram helps with bandwidth but it’s not as good as GDDR5.Xbone has more theoretical bandwidth…but that’s what it is a theory.Developers are getting 40-50% better memory reads from GDDR5 then they are with DDR3/Esram.

    #22 1 year ago


    Spot on.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Stephany Nunneley

    The comment number in here will be off – and if certain people were mentioned in your post, it may have been removed. Apologies but it had to be done. Greater good and all that. ;)

    #24 1 year ago
  25. VibraniumSpork

    @24 Moderating…

    #25 1 year ago
  26. monkeygourmet


    Nice one Steph! :)

    (Removes cloak of ‘tattle tale’)

    #26 1 year ago
  27. viralshag

    See, I told you Steph would sort it out! Good job! o/

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Demigod

    Where are people getting the xone’s copu is better? Yes it has esram for faster caching but as we dont actually know the speed of the ps4 chip (Ive seen 1.6 to 2 ghz) they are roughly comparable as they both use 8 jaguar cores.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    Teh Cloud ;) I missed another argument? Bah! Wait? I missed PS3fanboy Alts getting ban? Woo Woo!

    #29 1 year ago
  30. fearmonkey

    ^28 – Yeah I thought the same thing. AMD actually said that the PS4 APU is the most powerful they have ever created, and nothing else compares. – read the original article

    “AMD told The INQUIRER that the APU used is a custom A-series part that has a mix of AMD and Sony technology.”

    So the Xbone and PS4 CPU’s are not exactly the same. We still dont know exact clockspeed or specs for the CPU yet.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. fuchikoma

    Well… I’ll believe it when I see it – or when they establish a reliable network connection to me at 5-20 Gbps with a ping of <50ns. Until then, hardware will get old, and at best you can do something like Gaikai/Onlive, and check Facebook and surf the web… Not what I'd call relevant.

    #31 1 year ago

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