Today at Microsoft's smaller, lower-key Xbox One architecture and hardware panel, Microsoft technical executives elaborated and expanded on how the new console will interact with and be improved by cloud computing.
The Xbox One is a powerful piece of hardware with 8GB RAM, 64-bit processors and plenty more muscle. But as time passes this hardware will age. As Xbox One Director of development Boyd Multerer pointed out, "You'll still have a limited number of transistors in your house; in your box."
But the Xbox One is built to communicate with servers in the cloud to increase the computational potential of the system. Boyd continued "
I can start doing things like shifting latency insensitive things to the cloud. You may have a limited number of transistors in your house, but you have an unlimited number of transistors in the cloud"
Battlefield 4’s official site has confirmed versions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
According to EA, players who pre-order will receive "will receive the Battlefield 4 China Rising premium digital expansion pack at no additional cost. In this sprawling expansion, players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland in four massive multiplayer maps, using all-new vehicles and high-tech military equipment. Separately, players that pre-order the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe exclusively on Origin will receive the base game, bonus in-game digital items, the Battlefield 4 China Rising digital expansion pack and access to the exclusive Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta."
We revealed earlier that four EA Sports games – FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and EA Sports UFC – would be coming to Microsoft’s all-new console, Xbox One. However, EA has confirmed that those four games will also be coming to PlayStation 4.
EA Sports didn’t elaborate much beyond that point, other than to say that all four will also be coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So we’ll officially have two different SKUs this year: current gen and next-gen.
After a Microsoft-hosted London event around the Xbox One reveal, Xbox's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle has said that the console will not function without Kinect connected.
"Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes," he said. Asked whether the Xbox One will accommodate people who perhaps play in their bedroom rather than their living room, Eagle replied: "Yes, absolutely. We use the living room almost as a moniker - that's where we assume the best screen is in the house. But if you like to play in any other room in the house, the Xbox One will deliver the same quality of experience whatever the environment."
As anyone who's ever tried to play with Kinect in an enclosed area knows, the current technology simply doesn't support it - which means that Xbox One's new Kinect sensor must be significantly different if it will work in any room in the house.
Microsoft has confirmed that your Gamerscore will be able to be ported over from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, along with your gamertag and your avatar.
The news comes courtesy of the company's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle, speaking at a screening of the Xbox Reveal event in London today. "Your hard earned Gamerscore will port over, so yes you'll take that with you," he says.
"You'll also take your Gamertag, your identity with you. Whilst we're making a much bigger bet on natural identity with the camera, Avatars will also feature as well. All of the gaming identity that you have on Xbox 360 will be there on Xbox One as well."
What you won't be able to take with you is any Xbox Live Arcade purchases, as the Xbox One will not be in any way backwards compatible. Entertainment content that you've purchased, however, like movies, will carry over.