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Microsoft to Add Cloud Storage to Xbox 360

Microsoft will be making life easier for gamers all over the world with a new cloud based storage for the Xbox 360, as well as a new system called “beacon”.

As ArsTechnica reports, Microsofts Mark Whitten announced in a letter to the press that Microsoft is working on a cloud based storage system for the Xbox 360 that will make it easier for people to use their profiles on more than one console.

Tired of not being able to easily logon your friends xbox 360 and use your own profile? Tired of having to make annoying gamertag recoveries? Microsoft seems to finally have answered peoples prayers. A new cloud based storage for the Xbox 360 will allow users to get access to their Xbox Live account which means full profile, saved games, achievements, and friendlists from any console making life easier for everyone.

“We are making it easier for you to sign into your Xbox LIVE account from any console at any time to access your game saves and full profile, including items such as Microsoft Points to make purchases, Achievements and friends,” Mark Whitten wrote.

He continued, “Gone are the days of gamertag recovery, now all you need to do is sign in, no matter where you are!”

This feature is a long awaited change for the Xbox 360 community and will finally change the way people use their profiles to interact with each other but also make it a lot easier to keep saved games and backup safe without having to use USB sticks.

Mark Whitten also mentioned a new system called “Beacon” in his letter, this will allow users to notify and invite their friends to play games through Xbox Live by setting a beacon. “With Beacons, no matter what you’re currently doing on Xbox LIVE, your friends know that it’s ok to ask you to play your Beaconed games.” Whitten explained.

Beacons will notify your friends no matter what they are currently doing, watching a movie or playing Halo, Beacon will be active in the background making it easier for users to meet up and schedule games together.

There are still no release date for these features and it does seem a bit odd that features this big and influencial didn’t make it into Microsofts Press Event earlier. A qualified guess would be that these features will be seen in the systems update this fall.

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