It seems like Xbox fans will have some special to cheers for at Tokyo Game Show 2013. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer in a recent interview to popular Japanese magazine Famitsu has teased an announcement of brand new Xbox One exclusive (japanese title).
In the same interview Phil Spencer also talked about Xbox One CPU clock speed, cloud and many other features. Here is a summary of all the important details revealed by Phil Spencer.
- The possibility for the upclock of the CPU of the console surfaced in the summer during the final stage of the development of the hardware. It turned out that there was a little margin of improvement, since engineers normally estimate hardware specs conservatively at first. Spencer thinks it’s good news for developers.
- The number of preorders is unprecedented when compared to the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. It’s “far beyond expectations”. Microsoft is working to be able to provide as many units as possible at launch.
- Spencer feels that the line up between launch and the 2014 holiday season is great, with a variety of titles like Titanfall and Halo. He also feels that if the launch of the games will be successful then the Xbox One will be successful as well.
- When asked if launching for 100 dollars more than the PS4 is an disadvantage, Spencer responds that the Xbox One can provide a full service, including the ability to use the cloud, and that’s great value both for developers and for gamers. He feels that fans should judge the value of the console based on that.
- A stand-alone version without Kinect is not being considered, as Kinect is essential for the Xbox One, because many important features of the console won’t work without it.
- Japan is still an important market for Microsoft. Spencer feels that titles like Metal Gear Solid V and Dead Rising 3 will appease the Japanese audience. Also, the space required for Kinect to operate has been reduced, and that will help its acceptance in Japan, where rooms are normally smaller.
- Spencer had a meeting with some Japanese developers about the release of Xbox One in Japan. He intends to develop an exclusive title in collaboration with those developers. It will be announced officially closer to the Japanese launch of the console.
- Working with Japanese Developers for Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey was a wonderful experience, and this time he looks forward to the partnership with new Japanese devs. He got a great reaction from them.
- Since the Xbox One is region free, it’s also advantageous for Japanese developers to develop for the console, since they can get global visibility.
Here is what Phil said about three main uses for Xbox One’s cloud services at launch
- The first is to provide dedicated servers for Call of Duty: Ghosts, codenamed “ThunderHead“. In the case the cloud provides the developer with a low-cost online environment on a consistent basis. In the future there will be many games taking advantage of those dedicated servers.
- Forza Motorsport 5 will save the information of friends in the cloud, then in the game it’ll give you the feeling of playing with them, by giving the AI the same playing style.
- The third is giving developers the ability to shift part of the computing from the CPU to the cloud. The CPUs of the cloud do the computations and then send them back to the Xbox One that displays the results locally. That improves performance. Millions of dollars have been invested in the Cloud and Spencer thinks it will be very important for the future growth of the gaming industry.
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