Putting The Edge On Xbox Live

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Putting the Edge on Xbox Live Once upon a time, there was a pretty little system that pushed the limits of what was possible in that day and age. In today’s home-entertainment market, it is becoming increasingly difficult remain competitive and stay in the game. According to the MIT Technology Review (2015), Nintendo and Sony did not even make the list, with Microsoft landing the number forty-eight spot; and yet, these three companies are the leaders in putting entertainment in our living rooms, dorm rooms, staterooms, mess-decks, and anywhere else we humans decide to have a television! The technology industry grows by leaps ever year, with established companies looking into the future for ideas and start-ups looking at what is needed…show more content…
Sometimes, something as simple as one’s server can give that extra little edge. Server-Side Hardware Requirements The very first iteration of Xbox Live did not even have a name, as it was simply a server system set up by Microsoft to allow video game players the ability to play with other players over the internet. The first Xbox, also known more affectionately as Xbox Original, or XO, was released in 2001. This system was supported by 500 servers, according to Ed Grabianowski and Stephanie Crawford in their 2006 article for Live Technology, which was dispersed through four locations in three countries: the United States, England, and Japan. This initial set-up is estimated to have cost Microsoft $500 million, and was considered by the company to be one of the necessary start-up costs for their first entry into the console wars. Rich Miller (2013) further reports that the server numbers jumped to over 3,000 when the Xbox 360 (X360) was released in 2005 and again to 300,000 in 2013 with the introduction of Xbox One (X1). With datacenter hubs all over the world now powering the Microsoft Cloud, Xbox Live has become a worldwide recognized name. A virtual tour of the Microsoft Cloud can be found on their website, “We power the Microsoft Cloud”, and features video walkthrough of several of the facilities that make up the cloud. The Microsoft Cloud is basically the entire
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