E3: Xbox beacons and cloud storage for profile and game saves

By Tom Warren, on 6th Jun 11 9:30 pm with 13 Comments

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Microsoft plans to let Xbox LIVE users save their game saves to the cloud and send out beacon notifications to friends.

The features, introduced at E3, will allow Xbox owners to download and resume games on other Xbox consoles. You can also sign-in and access your full profile and items such as Microsoft Points. “Cloud storage will allow you to enjoy the same great Xbox LIVE gaming experience even when you’re not in your own living room,” said Microsoft’s Larry Hryb. Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE cloud will store game saves securely instead of users having to store them on a console hard drive or portable memory unit. “Gone are the days of gamertag recovery,” said Hyrb. “Now all you need to do is sign in, no matter where you are!”

Microsoft also announced a beacons feature. The new service allows Xbox LIVE users to connect to their friends via the console or Facebook. Beacons let users tell their friends that they want to play a game. “By setting a Beacon, you tell Xbox LIVE what you want to play,” said Hryb. “Then, Xbox LIVE lets you know when friends are playing or want to play the same game.”

Both features will be available later this year as part of an overhaul of Microsoft’s Xbox dashboard.

  • Shiro

    This is welcome news to me since I have an old launch 20GB 360.  I wouldn’t having another back up of my games saves.

  • Shiro

    This is welcome news to me since I have an old launch 20GB 360.  I wouldn’t having another back up of my games saves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.blakey Dominic Blakey

    LOVE MICROSOFT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominic.blakey Dominic Blakey

    LOVE MICROSOFT!

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome!  Local profiles is really annoying for xbox parties and multiple home xboxes…

    Score 1 for the cloud!

  • Anonymous

    yeah cloud

  • Anonymous

    I really love this! Cloud syncing and Metro for my 360!

  • Anonymous

    I really love this! Cloud syncing and Metro for my 360!

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    As someone who plays on multiple friends’ consoles as well as my own, this is great. No more carrying around that USB stick.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      Almost lost it once and nearly freaked out about losing my saves.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      Almost lost it once and nearly freaked out about losing my saves.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    As someone who plays on multiple friends’ consoles as well as my own, this is great. No more carrying around that USB stick.

  • Terence Cassar

    Finally cloud integration :D  Since MS seems to be integrating more with Facebook, how about publishing achievements as well similar to PSN? :)