Microsoft: Full power of Xbox One not yet realized

VP Phil Harrison says as tools advance and developers become more familiar with the platform, games will only get richer.

Xbox One launch titles like Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Dead Rising 3 have only scratched the surface of what the system is capable of, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison told Official Xbox Magazine in a new interview. As development tools advance and designers become more familiarized with the architecture, games only stand to get better, he said.

"When you've been around for a long time, you know what platforms are like," Harrison said. "The games you celebrate and are proud of in the first year, when you look back at them from the perspective of ten years from now; you'd be amazed at the difference. It's a combination of the tools getting better, developers beginning to understand the unique architecture to work with."

One "crucial" feature Microsoft has at its disposal with the Xbox One that it didn't have for Xbox 360 is its much-touted cloud servers, Harrison said. These servers will allow Microsoft to unlock the full potential of the Xbox One over time, he argued.

"That can grow and scale indefinitely--of course there is a practical limit but in effect you're uncapped," Harrison said. "And I think, from a player's perspective, that's the most exciting part; that it's not just about the chips in the box under the television or wherever you position your console of choice, it's about what the platform will provide you with over time. We've not had that in a console generation before."

Both system performance and features can expand over time thanks to the cloud, Harrison said, explaining that Microsoft has numerous ideas that it has not yet rolled out for the system.

"There are more ideas and vision for what games can be than available time to build them into the launch games," he said. "So for every feature you've seen in the launch titles--SmartGlass, GameDVR, use of voice with Kinect--there are five features in the queue waiting to come out, either in an update or a sequel or in a future version of a game. The kind of creative and technical innovation that we're seeing in the industry--it's a really good time."

Harrison previously described the Microsoft engineering team as "some of the smartest people I've ever worked with," and teased that, "as soon as we get past launch, then there are some really exciting things that are on the way" for Xbox One.

Microsoft product planning director Albert Penello told GameSpot this summer that the Xbox One will allow for loaning and trading of downloaded games sometime after launch. "I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience," he said at the time.

He also teased at the time that backward compatibility through streaming may be offered on the Xbox One some day and that the Family Sharing plan will return.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

1258 comments
AzatiS
AzatiS

Microsoft is in panic , all im saying.


This gen consoles have not any hidden mystic powers like in PS2/PS1 era consoles had. This gen consoles have flat PC oriented technology in them and not only that but its already old in a sense. Let alone X1 has the least powerful GPU of the two


So what to "unlock" further ? Older systems with 100% custom , self-made chips were tricky and indeed you could see major differences in a 5 years cycle but now things are flat. You got an 7790 or 7870 or whatever.. End of story. No tricky situations for developers in order to master the hardware.. They have already alot of knowledge with this kind of hardware. Period


All youll see this gen , graphic differences that is , will come from NEW GRAPHIC ENGINES and that alone and not from hardwares themselfs. MS is in panic mode.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

You're a moron if you make your decision based on what a company says about their product. Just look at the reviews and what they have to offer. This statement microsoft says is a marketing statement, and nothing more.

Impaler722
Impaler722

So when developers learn the PS4's hardware more won't PS4 games get better too? FFS what point is microsoft trying to make? 

eddieham13
eddieham13

Obviously.

Not because they will make use of "kinect features" though. Of course developers will get better over time it's not going to get worse is it. And its been the same for like every console.


Also his word lacks authority as he works for Microsoft. His opinion or anyones opinion on the matter would be of higher value of they where a third party expert.

bkohary
bkohary

Well, read the manual then.

mark_unix
mark_unix

The xbox one won't ever reach PS4 level performance cross-platform simply because it lacks 16rops.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Like every console ever at release.

The full potential might be as good as PC's last year.

arqe
arqe

Is it just me or Phil Harrison really looks like an "Observer" ?

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

Obviously, did they honestly need an article about this... Ryse and Forza look incredible, and Dead Rising 3 shows off some nice power whenever you are surrounded by thousands of Zombies. However, obviously the launch titles for a system aren't showing off the Max Capabilities of the console. Neither are any of the games on the PS4. Just as is the case, with every console launch. 

mlp071
mlp071

Problem is that in order to even try to do that, MS has to persuade Developers to make game that will be heavily reliant on their cloud servers, while most likely  charging them arm and leg for using those, along with game being specially developed to utilize their ESRAM (which is a bottleneck, btw).And cloud itself is more of the purple haze , the reality when it comes to performances.

Which will then increase devs cost of production since no one else requires that (PC, PS4,PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, etc..), and they will have to almost create 2 versions of the same game..


Not quite likely to happen(meaning devs doing it), but if it does maybe then they will stop offering free Xone's at McDonald, it could help them sell some.

iamoverrated4gs
iamoverrated4gs

I cant believe people really say that ryse is the best looking console game right now I mean just look at that picture WTF it looks like shiiiittt

Jenova-Witness
Jenova-Witness

Article is pointless. Everyone knows game quality will increase across all platforms as time passes.

dark_kartos
dark_kartos

Even tho the benchmarks show that the PS4 has more raw power. It's the availability of games that drives me. I am not a console fan boy. I always have both consoles at the end of the day. 

kingfish1984
kingfish1984

I have an Xbone with Forza 5, it looks pretty sweet at 1080P at 60fps.  I know PS4 may have more raw power but I appreciate that Microsoft is gambling on doing things different.  I'm not saying like Sony is wrong for focusing on games, it's just a different tactic.

djwood84
djwood84

Launch titles don't take full advantage of the hardware they're running.
Next up on things you already new: Fire burn!

grin89
grin89

i just hope they can get games to 1080p looking forward to playing dead rising 3 on christmas.

bkohary
bkohary

So in other words - "Our launch titles are s%^t!"

mrvulcanraven
mrvulcanraven

Xbox One, now with 200 percent more Captain Obvious. 


They'll probably quote this in their next ad campaign with all those bullet points why Xbox One is best

Samslayer
Samslayer

I really don't care about power, I just want some great games!

bkohary
bkohary

"Microsoft: Full power of Xbox One not yet realized"  - Well then - SWITCH THE F%^KING THING ON!

Dream-on-stereo
Dream-on-stereo

Anyboby mentioning that in last gen consoles Ps3's was stronger hardware too, but Xbox defined on which standard games are made, every game was the same on both consoles. nore some exclusives like Uncharted series which I love 2.


Now we have hardwares to be about 8 times faster = 8 times bether games ?lol!

Graphics its going to be almoust  undistingushable on both platforms and VR ready ( hopefully they are)

And Indie is a inovation they are free to prototype= more interesting new surprizes from them!



ZombehDino
ZombehDino

Look Microsoft, I know you really want me to buy your new, oh-so amazing console, but I'm not going to do it until it has some actually interesting games. It's that simple. These promises of "untapped potential" are hollow and completely arbitrary because they apply to every other console ever released.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Obviously the Xone hasnt been tapped yet. I most certainly hope not... otherwise they are in deep sh*t...

And Apparently the PS4 is maxed out... yeah right..

Both consoles have alot of untapped recources

Sikrion
Sikrion

I have the potential to learn every language become and actor and make millions. I am here browsing gamespot.

joshphillips
joshphillips

I thought I would come here and say something really profound about this article so here it is.


No shit.

senjutsu
senjutsu

Dah, it's a totally useless article. The xbox one will get a bit better, and the PS4 will get a lot better since it's way more powerful. I don't see their point. The only way they can beat the playstation 4 is gonna be with services, experiences (kinect) and exclusives (titanfall?). They'll have this gen rough. I'll go with Playstation as the exclusives are better for me.

awheaten
awheaten

"The games you celebrate and are proud of in the first year, when you look back at them from the perspective of ten years from now; you'd be amazed at the difference."


I mean... u can say the same thing about ps4.

Vlad27145
Vlad27145

I'm really curious to what exactly this cloud they keep flaunting will actually amount to. We all know abiut the obvious limitations of cloud rendering tech, and why it's mostly useless for any real time application. And every time MS talk about it, oddly enough, all they have to say is "We've got some ideas that down the line blablabla".


I'm pretty sure I remember that catchphrase used in several other situations where the actual meaning was actually "We have no effin clue, but obviously we can't tell you that so we'll just strum you along and hope you buy/use our product based on our promises which will never materialize"... *cough * Kinect * cough * cough * WiiU * cough * Playstation Home * cough * cough*

AzatiS
AzatiS

They are in panick mode becaues obviously losing this war after some days in release. Thats all.

ssdd_again
ssdd_again

@mark_unix  

The PS4 doesn't and can't use all 32 rops as it's GPU isn't powerful enough to do so, so no.


That said, the PS4 exclusives will no doubt look slightly better than cross-platform games (as was the case with some PS3 games vs the 360), but the current cross-platform differences will even out and possibly tip slightly in Microsoft's favour, it's a shame so many people can't see that though.

mlp071
mlp071

Let's be realistic here , for someone who was stuck last several years playing only on Xbox 360 (for whatever reason) Ryse looks like 4k movie picture. Considering that i can understand where they are coming from.

For anyone else, and specially for PC users , looks barely average (if not below)
 

I personally wouldn't fret over it for even a second but for some others , it's huge improvement (considering limitations of previous Xbox)

BFG-28
BFG-28

@kingfish1984 isn't Xbone locked at 720p?

Mech-Gouki
Mech-Gouki

They still scored more the the PS4 ones

beavisj
beavisj

@bkohary They will..... in about 4-6 years, before the end of this upcoming gen. Then they will "push the console to its full potential", just like they are doing now with 360 & PS3

eddieham13
eddieham13

@Dream-on-stereo Except the PS3 was terrible to develop for. It was painful in fact.

This time the PS4 is actually easier to develop and publish games than it is on the xbox one and 360.

jameston80
jameston80

and your point is? of course with any system you can look back ten years and see how much gaming has changed!!

jameston80
jameston80

dude!!! what are you talking about? The Kinect was the biggest success in any game system add on ever!! and it has succeded, there are tons of games and workouts for people that have them, i sell games for a living, and people all the time are coming in and getting kinect software all the time!!!  and the wii was on top of the world for the first 3 years!!
and even the new kinect on xbox one is amazing!!

mark_unix
mark_unix

WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, sorry, WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA....


AzatiS
AzatiS

All im seeing is alot of reports stating that some multis will run on PS4 platform at 1080p .. Are you dreaming or what when you say things will go MS favor?


And dont even try to compare the mess called PS3 ( hardware wise ) with the epic PS4. Not even close.
 And thats not only my opinion , every single developer seems to agree.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@mlp071 PC gamer here. You hit the nail on the head bud. Ryse is very underwhelming compared to PC titles released almost 2 years ago like The Witcher 2. But, coming from last gen consoles, it's a humongous difference. 


eddieham13
eddieham13

@beavisj "They". It's not that the power is switched on.. Mircrosoft don't flip a damn switch or do anything lol.

It's a case of game developers learning how to develop for the new consoles and make use of the technologies properly.

Sony and Microsoft didn't flip any magic switches or do anytihng to allow Rockstar to squeeze every drop of the power out of the consoles for GTA V.

Dream-on-stereo
Dream-on-stereo

That's nice!

Now we have: 360 /easy,Xone/easy, and PS4 /easyest to develop for!

Easy to develop more good games yey;)

senjutsu
senjutsu

@jameston80 Then it's not a point for microsoft either, that's what he wanted to say. This article is useless.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@jameston80 Who are you kidding? The kinect is a a gimmick. It's really nice for kids and it's nice and futuristic to control your console with it, but frankly, gaming with kinect doesn't really exist. It's for "non-gaming" stuff and for kids, that's it. 

ssdd_again
ssdd_again

@AzatiS 

Yeah. . . and some 'multis' will run on XB1 at 1080p, so what's your point?. Is this the part where you list games that currently aren't 1080p on XB1 and try and tell me that is going to be the standard for the duration of its life cycle?

I wasn't comparing the PS3 to the the PS4, I was comparing it to the 360.

I also used the words 'possibly' and 'slightly'. 

ricobravo
ricobravo

@senjutsu @jameston80 lol the Kinect sold like hot cakes and many people use the Kinect for its workout software and dance games which are insanely fun and have high replay value. 


And also, if someone tries to say "But Dancing games are on the SONY platform as well, I would simply say comeback with "oh so you need the PS Eye now right? but I thought it was a gimmick." lol


smh. gamers