Understanding “The Cloud”
Microsoft continues to pimp “The Cloud”. What is it? What is “The Cloud”?
What do we know about “The Cloud” so far? The only currently-playable games I have heard of that are using “The Cloud” are Titanfall – for AI entities, and BF4 – for particle systems like waves and wind in storms. But even just saying that, I am already in trouble because BF4 isn’t running on Azure servers. So does that mean that “The Cloud” is something any publisher/developer can provide or access on their own, without Microsoft? We know that BF4 is served on single, individual computers which, apparently, were just upgraded so that a higher “frequency bubble” (i.e., tickrate) and broader bandwidth could be achieved. Is EA/DICE somehow providing “The Cloud” to their customers as well?
There is really only one question that needs to be answered, which, depending on the answer has widely divergent ramifications for gamers and service providers. Is “The Cloud” just distributed computing, that is, is it just the networking of several computers to share a calculation load, or not?
If it is distributed computing, it has been around for years and just because MS named it “The Cloud” doesn’t mean it suddenly is more than that. More importantly, if it is distributed computing, is MS just going to take it on the chin for the extra cost of running multiple computers to serve a single game, or, are they going to commandeer Joe Internet Surfer’s computer like SETI does to analyze audio visual data (again meaning “the cloud” has been around for years and and it requires the permission and cooperation of millions of computer users and access to their equipment), or, are they going to ask us to pay for it?
If it is not distributed computing, what is the difference between “The Cloud” and “Dedicated Servers”?
That is all.
Microsoft, just answer that simple question and then tell the lady in the skimpy outfit to sit down, and the guys waving cardboard over bowls of dry ice and water to stop, and carefully put the mirrors away before they go home.
“The Cloud” Bwahahahahaha
Sounds like something Bungie would have “invented” when they were pimping Halo 3 back in the day.
Or, am I wrong, and “The Cloud” is actually some deity in the sky that does infinite computing for free…but only for Microsoft.
“The Cloud” Bwahahahahaha MS should call it “The Bullsh!t”, or “The Wool”, or “The S&M”.