How much exactly is the processing power of the Microsoft’s new console? Jeff Hensaw, engineering manager of the Xbox One has said that it’s “limitless”.
During a console demonstration, Henshaw said that processing power of their new console is equivalent to more than ten Xbox 360 consoles and that “the cloud brings infinite additional processing power”.
“Microsoft has hundreds of thousands of servers and dozens of data centers geographically distributed all around the planet, and Xbox One has the ability to instantly tap in to that limitless computational horsepower,” he said.
The notion of “virtualized cloud computing” shouldn’t be taken for granted in this day and age. The console has the ability to process tasks by drawing resources right from the cloud, enabling the Xbox One to run beastly in real-time.
Trying to paint a vivid image of the processing power, Hensaw said that the Xbox One can process tasks that would cause any other device to “melt a hole in the ground”.
“Game developers can now create persistent worlds that encompass tens or hundreds of thousands of players without taxing any individual console, and those worlds that they built can be lusher and more vibrant than ever before because the cloud persists and is always there, always computing,” Henshaw said.
“Those worlds can live on in between game sessions. If one player drops out, that world will continue on and can experience the effects of time, like wear from weather damage, so that when a player comes back into the universe it’s actually a slightly evolved place in the same way that our real world evolves a little bit from the time we go to sleep to the time we wake up. Game developers have given us incredibly positive feedback on the crazy different ways that they can use this incredible new cloud power resource.”
Although I am not sure about the claims made by Mr. Henshaw, one thing is for sure that the next generation of consoles (both PS4 and Xbox One) is a positive step towards future.
The Xbox One will launch in November for $499.