Microsoft vice president Phil Harrison spoke at an event in London on Monday where laid out the future of the Xbox brand. It's not a single device like the next Xbox console (aka Xbox 720) but rather an entire platform accessible through the cloud.
Harrison said that the future of Xbox is multiple devices accessing games through cloud computing. He made the statements while discussing Windows 8 where he said that the Xbox brand has moved "out of the living room" and is now available on PCs, tablets, smartphones and laptops.
"Increasingly, the games are going to sit on the cloud," Harrison said. "Instead of being device centric, they will be cloud centric. This vision is what influenced me to join Microsoft in the first place."
Harrison was previously the executive vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Cloud-based gaming is the popular buzz word in gaming at the moment as even Sony is expected to make the leap forward with the Playstation 4 via its acquisition of Gaikai. Microsoft has been building out its own cloud infrastructure for a number of years but primarily on the business side. The launch of "Halo 4" recently provided a big test for the company's cloud initiative as the multiplayer back-end is hosted on the Azure Cloud Service.