Yes, some of the BF games which really ****ed people off because there were so few servers and people started hacking them to make custom servers because EA or whatever the company was didn't release an official server.
It's not free for the gamer, you have to pay for xb live gold to use any multiplayer features.
Honestly, are half the people commenting above just ****ing blind or what? I didn't even say the MS cloud was JUST for dedicated servers, I said the move from player servers to dedicated servers is nothing amazing, yes it's a great improvement over the 360 multiplayer but it is certainly nothing new.
I see you have a certain superiority complex going on there buddy.
Anyway, so what if its not new? I don't think anyone was saying it was new,
what's new is
1) that the servers are offered to every devs (never been done before, if it has prove it = new)
2) devs won't have to worry about the upkeep, bandwidth and latency of those servers ( has been done for other apps/OS but not for games on the scale = new)
3) devs can use those servers for whatever they want, eg. For matchmaking, compute, etc. (again, new)
So once again maybe if you think about it a bit more you would see that Microsoft is doing for dedicated servers what they did with Xbox live introduced with the original Xbox in the early 2000s.
Sure it's not "free" for Xbox live users because we're paying for Xbox live but then what will PS4 users pay for if they won't be getting the same benefits as Xbox live users?