The opening of Azure Data Centres in a country typically hails the arrival of local Xbox LIVE services, but Microsoft almost had us thinking that the opening of two Azure Data Centres in Sydney and Melbourne were merely token efforts in Australia. Thankfully, they aren’t, as Microsoft officially announced today the arrival of Xbox LIVE services in Australia. In a statement, Xbox Lead for Microsoft Australia, Jeremy Hinton said:
“It has been a very exciting year for both Xbox and the industry. We set out to deliver amazing experiences on the Xbox One platform, and are humbled by the support and positive response from Aussie gamers to the updates over the past 12 months. Today’s announcement of Australian based Xbox Live servers addresses the most requested feature from local gamers. We are excited to give our fans the best online gaming experience available, just in time for the Holidays.”
What this means in material terms for Australia Xbox owners is likely better server support and better latency, though it is suggested the Azure Data Centres are also going to play a crucial role in helping the Xbox One reach greater graphical heights. Much like in the way that the Centres helped power the AI in Titanfall, more processes can be pushed to this cloud system, which in turn lightens the load for the Xbox One’s processors to focus on more important things, like making games even more beautiful.
All we need now is for the Xbox One to turn on when we say “G’day Xbox”.