Xbox Live Beacons and Cloud Saves: The Things Left Out of Microsoft's E3 2011 Press Conference


Posted June 6, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

Beacons and Cloud Saves: The Things Left Out of Microsoft's E3 2011 Press Conference

There was so much stuff packed in to Microsoft's E3 2011 Press Conference that the company had to leave a few very interesting things out, including the introduction of Cloud Storage Saves and a new feature called Beacons. Coming this year, Xbox LIVE will integrate these features to help bring an even better Xbox Live experience to your living room.

Cloud Saves will make it easier for you to sign in to your Xbox Live account from any console and allow you to access your game saves and full profile as well. All of your items, like your Microsoft Points, Achievements, and friends will travel along with you via the Cloud. In layman terms, this means no more gamertag recovery!

Beacons will allow you to tell your Xbox Live and Facebook friends that you want to play a game on Xbox Live. If you set up a Beacon, you tell everyone what you want to play, then Xbox Live will let you know when friends are playing or want to play the same game. Now if you're watching a movie via Netflix with your Halo: Reach Beacon on, people will know that you want to play, making it easier to discover multiplayer opportunities.

Xbox is also getting a new, simpler, cleaner Dashboard. The new Dashboard will be easier to navigate and will come with a more intuitive feel so people can get to what they want faster. And to help people find things even more easily, Microsoft is bringing Bing to the Xbox. Bing on Xbox will let users search Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, as well as music, video, games, movies, TV shows, and Xbox Live marketplaces to find the content they want to enjoy. 

So there you have it. No word on when all of these features will be rolling out, but at least a few sound pretty good. I'm especially excited for the Cloud Saves feature, because I hate having to recover my gamertag. Beacons and Bing don't interest me too much, as I think with Beacons I'll just get annoyed with people pestering me to play things when I forget to turn my beacon off. And I honestly don't think I'll ever use Bing, even on my Xbox (We can't be defeated!). What about you? Are you excited for the new Xbox Live experience that's headed to your living room in the coming months? Let us know!

Xbox Live Beacons and Cloud Saves: The Things Left Out of Microsoft's E3 2011 Press Conference


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