Xbox One X will be available this coming November and users will be able to play games at 4K resolution, however, regardless of you playing at 1080p or 4K, the console will download 4K assets nonetheless which will take a lot of HDD space. But, it seems that Microsoft might be able to counteract it through the cloud.
Speaking with Gamesradar at Gamescom 2017, Mike Ybarra revealed that Microsoft has a plan for 4K games to take less space on the user’s hard drives using a solution similar to cloud storage. “On the platform side [we’re] looking at things like what we call internally ‘Intelligent Delivery”.
He added that basically, it is a way to reduce the storage space required on Xbox One X itself and the console picks and chooses what needs to be stored on the hard drive and stores the rest on the “cloud”. “Hey, here’s the bits you need for this section’ and keep[s] the rest on the Cloud.”
He added that “in general people usually always have more storage than they need” but, with Intelligent Delivery “people are more comfortable saying ‘I’ve done playing that, let me push that back to the cloud so I’ve got more room there.’ So we’re looking at technology like that”.
However, it is not clear if Microsoft will actually implement this for Xbox One X 4K games but, it will definitely help with 4K games as Forza Motorsports 7 requires over 100 GB of HDD space on the console.
In related news, while the console is creating a lot of buzz with its specs but, according to an industry analyst, the price of the console will be its downfall especially in the upcoming holiday season.
Xbox One X will be available on November 7, 2017, in the US and will be priced at $499 and will come with games such as Forza Motorsport 7, Halo 5 and more.