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Phil Harrison: “Cloud Centric” Gaming is the Future of Xbox

by on January 11, 2013
 

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Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has been talking about the future of the Xbox today, and the Corporate Vice President made a statement about the future of Xbox and how we will game in the future.

Speaking at an event held in London, Harrison said that Windows 8 has helped grow the Xbox brand and experience by helping it go beyond the living room. He says that the increase in the use of Xbox services across multiple platforms such as tablets, phones, consoles, and PC’s means that the future of Xbox will be “cloud centric” and not “device centric”.

Phil Harrison said, “Increasingly, the games are going to sit on the cloud.Instead of being device centric, they will be cloud centric. This vision is what influenced me to join Microsoft in the first place.”

To back up the cloud based future that Microsoft is envisioning, Harrison also spoke about the new UK based game studio,, Lift London. Lift will be headed by former Rare production director, Lee Schuneman, and Lift’s primary focus will be content creation for tablets and cloud based services. When asked about Lift London, Harrison said, “I want to create from scratch a 21st century studio. Not a studio that would make retail products, but a studio that would make games for the cloud.” “The shift is from packaged goods to connected products. We will continue to support retail with our products for sure, but we are going to keep creating features that are enhanced and improved by the network.”

So there you have it folks, the future is in the cloud. How do you feel about this? Are you ready for physical media to die, or do you want the cloud to keep its nose out of gaming? Let us know in the comment section below

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