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Xbox One Is All "Yours," All In One, Always Listening

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One Is All "Yours," All In One, Always Listening

Your games. Your entertainment. Your sports. Your television. Your sports television [that joke was old five months ago - Ed].

It's all yours, all in one, on Xbox One. A new video documentary shows off how Microsoft's upcoming console will automatically recognise players and show them a personalised home screen, along with some predictable last-minute posturing. There are only eight days to go, so you can hardly blame them.

Xbox One's Kinect sensor will recognise users and display their customised splash screen, along with recently-accessed apps. Multiple profiles can be signed in at once, and switched between using voice commands. It's seriously slick stuff, and looks to be incredibly convenient if it works as advertised.

Microsoft are thrilled to point out that Xbox One games can be freely traded in or privately sold, though aren't quite as keen to remind us that they originally wanted to lock down the pre-owned market in a horrific power play. Thank goodness for those U-Turns, eh?

In other news, the Xbox One's boot time looks to be seriously speedy, at least if this new Instagram footage is anything to go by. Thanks to Kinect's voice functionality, it's also totally effortless... and remember that this boot time includes user recognition too. The days of walking across the room and pressing a button are soon to be ancient history. Hooray!

Though we're not above an occasional cheeky jab at Kinect, its voice commands and user recognition seems to make the basic console experience more convenient and perhaps even more fun to boot. Whether many developers will bother to make the most of its motion control features, however, is anybody's guess.

I'll be sure to test it thoroughly come November 22nd, that is when I'm not playing Dead Rising 3. Priorities. The PS4 releases the following week in the UK, so we can't wait to put both machines through their paces.

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Late  Nov. 14, 2013 at 16:05

The days of walking across the room and pressing a button are soon to be ancient history. Hooray!

Um.
Those days have been history since the 360 came out.

Nice speedy boot though. The 360's been a bit slow on that front for a while now. Takes a while to update all those adverts...

JonLester  Nov. 14, 2013 at 16:41

Heh, I was comparing booting up your console without using a controller. You're technically 100% right, of course. ;)

Mind you, this way you don't even have to walk across the room to pick up your controller (unless you, erm, want to play games at some point).

I genuinely can't wait to test this.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 14, 2013 at 16:44
Late  Nov. 14, 2013 at 17:07

Yeah, I've long said it's pointless going for the new consoles from day one, as the machines are untested and expensive and - the games don't appear to be much of a step up. But the reality is I'm not just looking forward to playing games with fractionally better graphics and a few more players online - I'm looking forward to setting the machine up, playing around with different feed-through inputs, testing what's possible and what isn't, snapping and switching apps (whether to something I want or just to see it happening at my voice command), and showing off the voice controls etc. to friends and relatives.

None of my friends and family are into gaming in the slightest - so I could show off the 360 (or ps3 or ps4) with a couple of minutes of gaming, but it wouldn't impress much. But if all works well they should be impressed with the One.

If all works well.
I'll have a week of playing around with it before anyone's allowed round mine, I think - find out what's possible, what works well, etc... ;)

Gitch28  Nov. 14, 2013 at 17:53

Always listening? PS4 wins.

X10  Nov. 14, 2013 at 18:12

...I'm looking forward to setting the machine up, playing around with different feed-through inputs, testing what's possible and what isn't, snapping and switching apps (whether to something I want or just to see it happening at my voice command), and showing off the voice controls etc. to friends and relatives.


Oh Mrs Bucket - What a delightful new console you have.

Late  Nov. 14, 2013 at 19:37

You know it.

Xbox - make it so 8)

RiKx  Nov. 14, 2013 at 20:45

Isn't that a SONY 4K TV they have it running on.....

JonLester  Nov. 14, 2013 at 20:52

Isn't that a SONY 4K TV they have it running on.....


Yep, well spotted! X) I actually considered mentioning it, but Microsoft don't make televisions. I'm sure plenty of Sony developers use Windows PCs - different divisions.

That said, you might be surprised at how many Microsoft spokespeople use iPhones rather than Windows Phones. (_;)

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 14, 2013 at 20:53
RiKx  Nov. 14, 2013 at 21:07

That said, you might be surprised at how many Microsoft spokespeople use iPhones rather than Windows Phones. (_;)


No. No I wouldn't ;).

Haven't they covered the logo though at the bottom :/ Maybe it doesn't have one, I can't recall.

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