Micorsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has unveiled its latest gaming console, the follow up to the company’s hugely successful Xbox 360. The new console, which is titled the Xbox One, is billed as an all in one family entertainment center. The company is pushing the Xbox One as more than just a gaming console.
The Xbox One will come with a Kinect included, meaning much of the interaction with the computer will be voice and gesture. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) demonstrated the console’s ability to turn on with a simple voice command, as well as recognizing the person speaking, and automatically logging in to that person’s account.
The Xbox One will work not only as a games console, or an entertainment center like the Xbox 360. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) wants users to have the Xbox One on at all times. Users will be able to wire their cable box through the machine, allowing them to switch to live TV whenever they want, simply by telling the box to do so.
Multitasking, a feature lauded in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) software since Windows Vista, is one of the parts of the Xbox One experience that Microsoft seemed most excited about. While playing a game, users will be able to switch quickly to TV by simply asking, as well as being able to switch to internet explorer, other games, apps, and entertainment.
The home screen featured in the Xbox One Demo takes its design cues from Windows 8, which in turn borrowed from the Xbox 360 interface. One thing that the Xbox 360 lacked that the Xbox One intends to make up for is the use of one screen for multiple purposes. Xbox one will allow users to do more than one thing at once.
Using the Snap Panes function from Windows 8, users of the Xbox one will be allowed to have Skype on the left hand side of their screen, while keeping gaming on the rest of the screen. The specs of the new model are available at this link.
Xbox One will also allow users to check local TV listings and scan through TV channels using their voice alone. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) thinks that voice is the future, and the Kinect presupposes that users will be using their Xbox One with their voice as the preeminent way to interact with technology.