Xbox One to have unlimited cloud storage

Microsoft's gaming console, the Xbox One, has now had yet another new feature revealed: unlimited cloud storage.

It's no secret that Microsoft has one of the most powerful cloud services with Azure, SkyDrive and other products and services, and the cloud is being used extensively with the Xbox One to power some of the computing and rendering processes, but that's not all. Another lesser-known use of the cloud for the device is that it can be utilized as an extension of the hard drive, storing and retrieving game data.

While this feature is not an entirely new one as it existed previously on the Xbox 360 with the caveat that it could only store game data and achievements due to being limited to 512 MB of storage, it does come with some drastic changes on the One. A few of them include the storage limit being upped to infinity, and the file types being stored becoming more diversified. The release by Microsoft reads as follows; 

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

Previous generation Xbox users had to subscribe to an Xbox Live Gold account to be able to make use of this feature, Microsoft has now stated that this service will now be available for all users whether Gold or Silver.

Along with the hint that some of the family sharing features might return as well as opening up the store to indie developers, the Xbox One may launch as a viable product and indeed sell as much as analysts predict.

Source: The Examiner | Image via Microsoft

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this is better than I thought.
and to the people who complained about not having a removable HDD, well there ya go. as if 500gb wasn't enough.
also this would have made the previous all digital policies for the xbox one that much better. maybe if they released this news earlier on, people would have been less reluctant. who knows. so long as family sharing returns I'm happy.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE XBOX TO COME OUT!

Microsoft has earn enough with online service they charge in the Xbox 360 era and now they are fully capable of delivering a great online experience without charging user hefty amount of $$ or even consider lower the price and they even show how powerful their server can do. My suggestion is to be FOC to win me be back to their console instead of ps4. It will be another advantage for the Xbox one if they choose not to charge since ps4 also start to charge user for online service.

Not to mention we're now paying for ads. I turned on my 360 last night, first time in some months and I was blasted with starburst and lynx adverts.

Master of Earth said,
Microsoft has earn enough with online service they charge in the Xbox 360 era and now they are fully capable of delivering a great online experience without charging user hefty amount of $$ or even consider lower the price and they even show how powerful their server can do. My suggestion is to be FOC to win me be back to their console instead of ps4. It will be another advantage for the Xbox one if they choose not to charge since ps4 also start to charge user for online service.

I don;'t know what you're drinking but i want a pint!
Not charging for XBL is a pointless daydream. I'm happy to pay for a service that delivers what i want, and it does.

you are rich but not everyone want to pay it for SURE! If we can use it for free then WHY NOT? In fact, i was requesting to lower the price to be more attractive and probably gain more user if they can't make it free. TBH, who doesn't want freemium with next-generation console internet service.

Master of Earth said,
you are rich but not everyone want to pay it for SURE! If we can use it for free then WHY NOT? In fact, i was requesting to lower the price to be more attractive and probably gain more user if they can't make it free. TBH, who doesn't want freemium with next-generation console internet service.

Rich!? 69p a week is rich?

I just realize you like to pay more and more. Obviously, you just flat out want to pay more and more until you bankrupt. If you don't need to pay straight for 7 years and by the time you could have free yourself a xbox 2.

Master of Earth said,
I just realize you like to pay more and more. Obviously, you just flat out want to pay more and more until you bankrupt. If you don't need to pay straight for 7 years and by the time you could have free yourself a xbox 2.

Eh?

The amount i've paid for XBL over the last 8 years hasn't gone up and it's not going anywhere for the XB1 either. In fact, it's cheaper relative to what you get for it.

I would probably gladly purchase or pre-order the xbox one from day one if microsoft change their mind by not charging online multiplayer service or lower the price to $ 9.99 per year instead of the hefty amount of $60.00. This is crucial and microsoft need to do the right thing to convince me why i should pick xbox one instead of ps4. Right now, PS4 will still be my first choice so microsoft is up to you whether or not that xbox one can overthrow the PS4 in terms of price and feature benefit.

Master of Earth said,
I would probably gladly purchase or pre-order the xbox one from day one if microsoft change their mind by not charging online multiplayer service or lower the price to $ 9.99 per year instead of the hefty amount of $60.00. This is crucial and microsoft need to do the right thing to convince me why i should pick xbox one instead of ps4. Right now, PS4 will still be my first choice so microsoft is up to you whether or not that xbox one can overthrow the PS4 in terms of price and feature benefit.
how can you expect to pay less for something that now does more? I'm sorry but $60 is less than the cost of a game and pittance a week, especially as it's almost unheard of o pay full price, also let's not forget it now includes unlimited storage!

Master of Earth said,
I would probably gladly purchase or pre-order the xbox one from day one if microsoft change their mind by not charging online multiplayer service or lower the price to $ 9.99 per year instead of the hefty amount of $60.00. This is crucial and microsoft need to do the right thing to convince me why i should pick xbox one instead of ps4. Right now, PS4 will still be my first choice so microsoft is up to you whether or not that xbox one can overthrow the PS4 in terms of price and feature benefit.

just checking here, you are aware that Sony will be charging as well for ps4 multiplayer, its slightly less than the rrp of live gold but these can be purchased fir less anyway, and with live on xbox one it shares most features yo all users of the primary console

In reality there's a finite number of 'cloud enabled things' which MS ultimately decides. With that theres also a finite amount of Xbox One data that can be generated by anyone, period.

This unlimited storage makes sense, as in reality theres only one digital copy of something located on MS's end that is literally shared among millions of users at the same time. I mean game saves are small, but even those could be further reduced to just a key which can determine the save location, rather than actually generating the save data and uploading it...

I am going to speculate that can be stored to the cloud.

- Games that you DVR'ed
- Music that you purchased
- Movie that you purchased
- Game saves and achievement. (there's really no need to have memory saves anymore

I am going to think it will go like this... when you buy anything off their store, you only keep the code assigned to your account, and the storage doesn't keep the movies and games and music on your independent storage set, it just references the main location these are stored and allows you to stream or download.

So if this is only Live based, they really only need minimal storage for the basic "you have access to this content" and the rest is for saves, achievements, profiles, and settings, etc.

That sounds like what it will be. It's just a different way of marketing that 512MB of storage...

Google manages to give away 8GB per email account so 512MB definitely looked small in comparison anyway

I can't imagine this would not be used outside of US because some countries or military would not be able to access it due to online requirement.

This is definitely worldwide. Otherwise people would be limited to the amount of games they buy. If they want people to buy more games digitally, it needs to be unlimited.

...the people at Microsoft have now stated that the cloud essentially gives you an "unlimited sized" hard drive, allowing players to save unlimited GAME DATA via the service...

Notice the GAME DATA is what is unlimited... sounds like saves, achievements and other game specific stuff. While this new release states entertainment... I doubt they will give unlimited space for junk files, movies, etc... that is a waste or resources.

Skin said,
...the people at Microsoft have now stated that the cloud essentially gives you an "unlimited sized" hard drive, allowing players to save unlimited GAME DATA via the service...

Notice the GAME DATA is what is unlimited... sounds like saves, achievements and other game specific stuff. While this new release states entertainment... I doubt they will give unlimited space for junk files, movies, etc... that is a waste or resources.

Citation needed for your quote...

Sounds to me from the press release quote, that storage space will be unlimited for your content.

M_Lyons10 said,

Citation needed for your quote...

Sounds to me from the press release quote, that storage space will be unlimited for your content.

The quote is from The Examiner article link. I can't imagine anyone giving unlimited storage for any files. You'd always get those nut hoarder types that would use up TB after TB.

Hahaiah said,
"Nut Hoarder types" Stupid statement of the week.

Not if you've ever managed a storage system. Even in the old days when we managed dialup Internet access, we'd have the one or two nut cases that would be on 24x7 downloading porn. I don't think people that don't have to deal with it understand this mental disorder.

Meanwhile storage space is dirt cheap and you can already get gigabytes of cloud storage space from MS, google and any number of places. Flickr offers you a terabyte.

so why is it so hard to believe that a locked ecosystem that can only accept a limited selection of content from a closed device would offer unlimited cloud storage...

Ummm... it says
"Xbox Live content, including your profile, games, Achievements and entertainment"
That includes games and music... not just GAME DATA.

HawkMan said,
Meanwhile storage space is dirt cheap and you can already get gigabytes of cloud storage space from MS, google and any number of places. Flickr offers you a terabyte.

so why is it so hard to believe that a locked ecosystem that can only accept a limited selection of content from a closed device would offer unlimited cloud storage...

It's cheap but not free. The world has leaned that unlimited = will be abused.

j2006 said,
Ummm... it says
"Xbox Live content, including your profile, games, Achievements and entertainment"
That includes games and music... not just GAME DATA.

Ummm... did you even read the full post? The entertainment was addressed, but like I mentioned I highly doubt that it will be unlimited for all entertainment. Also, people seem to think this maybe mostly game or Live feature limited.

You probably can't upload your home movies, but I would guess that you can upload anything created/bought on the console/through the Xbox Live network.

Honestly, I'm expecting that once it's out there and everyone has a Kinect, developers are going to start to do some nice thing with it since they know everyone has one. And besides, if you're worried about privacy, you can still turn it off or even unplug it.

akav0id said,
I'm hoping they eventually see sense and ditch the mandatory Kinect gimmick

I really don't understand how people cannot understand that what was holding the games using Kinect back previously was the fact that they could not count on the player HAVING it... With the XBox One they will not have that problem and the games will be able to invest in new and exciting uses for that technology. This has been the case for console components for decades and has not changed.

When it comes to consoles, it's VERY important what is default equipment. Add-ons rarely get much support from developers. This has been consistent since the old Atari 2600. Add-ons like the keypad had almost no games.

Spicoli said,
When it comes to consoles, it's VERY important what is default equipment. Add-ons rarely get much support from developers. This has been consistent since the old Atari 2600. Add-ons like the keypad had almost no games.

While I agree on your point, the keypad for the Xbox 360 is not really a game add-on LOL. More like an easy way to text chat with friends.

I've never owned an Xbox before but since I have more disposable income these days I would definitely be interested in getting one, IF Kinect was optional. I know it'll be cool at first but I know it'll sit on the shelf collecting dust in the long run and I'll be reminded of it every time I use my TV. MS, if you want my money, make it optional.

Jarrichvdv said,

While I agree on your point, the keypad for the Xbox 360 is not really a game add-on LOL. More like an easy way to text chat with friends.

Actually I was talking about the keypad on the Atari 2600. I actually had one and can remember maybe two cartridges that used it.

ozzy76 said,
I've never owned an Xbox before but since I have more disposable income these days I would definitely be interested in getting one, IF Kinect was optional. I know it'll be cool at first but I know it'll sit on the shelf collecting dust in the long run and I'll be reminded of it every time I use my TV. MS, if you want my money, make it optional.

How can you know this when you don't know how games will fully utilize it ? head tracking, aut pause when you put down the controller to answer phone or look away, lean around corners or over edges by leaning and saving buttons on the controller for other useful functions, the pulse detection used to make thriller/horror games more intense by adjusting the music and popping surprise enemies at just the right moment.

There's so much they can use it for to enhance your regular game experience and we haven't even imagined or thought of a tenth of it yet.

Fair enough. I'll wait a few years to see if there's a price cut and/or motion controls move from "pure gimmick" to "essential part of gaming". Either way, I'm not holding my breath, though MS has surprised us in the past.

JaykeBird said,
Honestly, I'm expecting that once it's out there and everyone has a Kinect, developers are going to start to do some nice thing with it since they know everyone has one. And besides, if you're worried about privacy, you can still turn it off or even unplug it.

Sorry, but I don't want games expecting me to get up and do a silly dance in order to continue. I have a PS3, and it's bad enough when the game expects you to start waving the controller all around.

M_Lyons10 said,

I really don't understand how people cannot understand that what was holding the games using Kinect back previously was the fact that they could not count on the player HAVING it... With the XBox One they will not have that problem and the games will be able to invest in new and exciting uses for that technology. This has been the case for console components for decades and has not changed.

I don't understand how people can't understand that motion and voice controls just plain old suck and will not be as reliable as a button.

mrp04 said,

I don't understand how people can't understand that motion and voice controls just plain old suck and will not be as reliable as a button.

Because that's the only potential use for the Kinect sensor.</sarcasm> Clearly, you lack imagination to see the potential it could bring for enhancing the gameplay even with a standard button-based controller.

akav0id said,
I'm hoping they eventually see sense and ditch the mandatory Kinect gimmick

Yes it's much better the way it is with the PS4 right? Not being able to use simple advertised things like the "flip to lean" feature. It's a lot better when the developers can rely on people having the full system and not just parts of it.

Chugworth said,

Sorry, but I don't want games expecting me to get up and do a silly dance in order to continue. I have a PS3, and it's bad enough when the game expects you to start waving the controller all around.

This, the Vita also has all this crap. Its fun to use sometimes. But if these movement ****s is mandatory in games, it quickly gets boring.

How many people used the Wii/WiiU to actually bowl instead of just slightly flipping the controller for that perfect strike?
As far as I know, most people went for the minimalistic movement approaches in any game, from Mario party to Zelda.
And now MS wants us all to dance, do weird things and what not.

GP007 said,
Sounds better and better as we get more details about what it can do besides play games and TV.

Agreed. Sounds like some of the features are remaining after the change in the game system.

I think this console won't really know what it is though for at least the first year... I'm glad to see that they're trying to figure out answers to these questions, but I think there's going to be a LOT of evolution in that first year.