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8 x Xbox One S boards power xCloud game servers in 2U rack

The inside of 8 x Xbox One S consoles get crammed into a 2U rack unit for data centers to power Microsoft xCloud servers

By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 23, 2019 @ 7:05 CDT

Microsoft is ramping up into the release of its streaming service known as xCloud, with public trials kicking off in October but before then, we're getting a glimpse into what hardware is baked into the data center.

In a new interview with Fortune, Xbox streaming boss Kareem Choudry walks us through the inside of the server rack that will be powering xCloud games. Inside we'll find the insides of 8 x Xbox One S consoles that are crammed into a 2U rack unit that has been designed specifically to slide into a data center.

It seems as though the first runs of Microsoft's baby steps into cloud gaming will begin with xCloud using physical Xbox One S consoles to pump the game to the consumer, so they don't need the physical console in their house. While Microsoft would be paying a lower price for Xbox One S boards (as they are the supplier) it could eventuate into supercomputers emulating Xbox One S consoles.

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