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Jonathan Blow Calls Microsoft's Bluff On Servers and Cloud Processing
Filed under: XBOX ONE, MICROSOFT

You might remember during the Xbox One reveal when Microsoft shared how Xbox Live will have 300,000 servers later this year. Although it was meant to stun consumers and investors, not everyone followed the bait.

Braid and The Witness Game Designer Jonathan Blow called Microsoft out after hearing the large figure shared on-stage, immediately identifying it as a product of virtualization. He said on Twitter:

I can spin up 10000 virtual servers per host. They would just all suck. Saying 300k when they are virtual is a lie.

He hasn't stopped there, either. Microsoft's claim that Xbox One's cloud processing will improve lighting and physics for games on the console has similarly been attacked by Jonathan. He Tweeted:

More cloud processing BS: [Link Removed] … Someone please call their bluff on this.

Jonathan Blow's first release, Braid, was originally an Xbox Live exclusive. However, after experiencing what many have described as poor policies he has deferred to Sony's hardware where he is currently working on the PS4 console exclusive The Witness. His comments—yes, there are plenty more—are gaining a lot of attention due to his notoriety as an exceptional indie developer, and has consequently become a nightmare for Microsoft. The lesson here folks is that you shouldn't treat indie developers like they aren't important.



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Terminator May 26 2013, 11:12 am EDT
I'm glad someone is calling Microsoft out on their bullshit. Good job Jonathan Blow :)
Dick_Swet May 26 2013, 12:06 pm EDT
But EA and Activision were on Microsoft's Xbox reveal. Everyone loves EA and Activision!
  Jonathan_Leack: Irrefutable evidence. You heard it here first.
Barzenak42 May 26 2013, 03:04 pm EDT
MS tries to wow us with bs.....
Breedy_Mcfluff May 26 2013, 10:32 pm EDT
It's not exactly surprising they were bullshitting. I mean... they're in it for the money, who didn't see that?
touretul May 27 2013, 12:00 am EDT
Corporations are bullshit crooks and tyrants. Choose PC. It's the way of freedome.
  EricHalfBee: Irony? Yeah - load up games on your business computer.
daver18qc: At least you can have a business computer, try a busi…
GrgoljBlaster May 27 2013, 12:11 am EDT
Small correction if I may - Witness isn't PS4 exclusive, it will be on PC too. It's just that it's not coming to Xbone.
  Jonathan_Leack: Thanks for the correction!
drakevonlee May 27 2013, 06:26 am EDT
not that im backing the xbox one (im undecided) but why should i listen to a guy that is bitching about a company he no longer works 4. who does he work 4. the competionion. oh yeah. well its on the internet so it has to b true. right.

sarcasim in the morning
IcedEarth May 27 2013, 10:40 am EDT
It would help if Mr. Blow did his research. It's 30,000 servers, not 300,000. Also, does he have actual proof there won't be 30,000 real servers or is he just assuming they will be virtual? Dude sounds like a butthurt moron.
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