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Xbox One announced: motion, voice and dash functions shown

Tuesday, 21st May 2013 18:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One has been officially revealed at Microsoft’s Redmond campus, putting to bed months of speculation.

The console was revealed by Microsoft’s Don Mattrick at the event. He took to the stage to announce the console at the event, and discussed the evolution of the living room, the power of voice and gesture and the importance of Xbox Live. He asked how Microsoft can take what we love and make it better, and suggested that harmonising the fragmented facets of entertainment is the way forward.

He said the concept must be simple and complete, giving you everything you need in one unit. It’s cloud-powered, and looks very stylish.

It’s going to be voice activated, and can connect to all of your home devices. There is Kinect-style voice commands, no manual log-in and no delay between turning the unit on and logging it.

It also remembers the last thing you were doing – be it playing a game, watching a movie or listening to music. It also does away with the need of changing TV inputs to watch television. By saying ‘Xbox, watch TV’ you can watch your telly instantly.

Switching between Internet Explorer, TV, music and games will be controlled by voice and will be as fast as switching channels on your TV remote. There is also motion gestures such as grabbing, panning, swiping and more.

By using the new ‘Snap’ function you can pin windows to the home menu to keep on watching a movie while you do other things, such as search for related content, or browse the internet.

Skype is also an internal part of the console. You can also use ‘Snap’ to picture-in-picture while taking a call using the service.

There’s also ESPN functionality that showed live score trackers and a ‘Fantasy’ function which will show up fantasy sports league players as they score. You can then say ‘Show Fantasy’ to see the goal or score.

TV guides are a big part of the console, with live channel guides that are fully controlled using voice. You can call up channels like HBO just by saying ‘What’s on HBO’, ‘Watch CBS’, or ‘Show the guide’ so seamlessly flick between them.

You can create custom channels, queue up favourite shows and more.

What do you think so far?

Read Steph’s full coverage of the Xbox One reveal here if you missed anything from the show.

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  1. POOP CRUSTY

    Good GOD now it will look like I have 2 Direct TV DVRs…..

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Rikki

    Ugh, that’s a horrible name.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Sadismek

    Sigh. Their third home console is named “One”. You make too much sense, MS.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. POOP CRUSTY

    Sadismek it does have meanings behind it. Not very catchy but whatever.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MegaGeek1

    The design isn’t my cup of tea, but it’s certainly serviceable. The name on the other hand. Lmao. Is it “The Xbox One” or “Xbox One”? Either way: Puke.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. EdNorton

    First footage of Xbox One – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWnSCKmCa3s

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MegaGeek1

    I’m digging the controller though.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. mtnman3888

    Games?????

    25 minutes in and still no mention of games……..

    #8 1 year ago
  9. POOP CRUSTY

    @8 E3?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. LostInTheVoid

    The one thing that has caught my eye so far is the controller the rest just meh.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. POOP CRUSTY

    I gotta agree though, that name has zero creativity…

    #11 1 year ago
  12. mtnman3888

    @9 I’m sure there will be, but to me it is just telling of their focus this time around, more on entertainment.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. salarta

    Xbox One, eh? Well, I guess the name makes more sense than some of the crazy names given to video games themselves.

    I sincerely doubt the no delay between turning unit on and logging in, and connecting to all home devices. The “no manual log-in” part sounds like it’s basically what both consoles have been doing all along (at least, I assume this for the 360), where it will remember your information and log in on start up.

    I will say that voice activated sounds like a decent feature to have built into a new console, but if that’s the only way to turn on the device and access certain commands, then they just failed, as that becomes a restriction for people who are mute, or are sick in ways that affect the throat and speaking.

    The only truly good thing I can say about what’s been revealed so far is the “remember what you last did and go right back to it” element. That’s actually very useful so you aren’t wasting time trying to find it again.

    And now that it’s been edited and updated, the ‘Snap’ feature sounds like a good addition too… but then, since this is supposed to be a CONSOLE and not COMPUTER, and everything is operated by voice, I’m not sure how well this is going to work. ‘Snap’ makes sense as a PC addition because you might be watching a video, and in the middle of it want to look up who a certain actor in a film is, for example. I can’t imagine that working well as you shout “XBOX, LOOK UP GOATSE” at your console.

    So far, this thing can’t really be called a video game console, as it’s clearly not about video games. I don’t expect them to announce tons of games right out of the gate, but all the things they’re highlighting look like they’re trying to turn it into a schizophrenic mess of trying to be everything at once.

    I think what they’re TRYING to be is the be-all end-all of entertainment, with a hope that by appealing to all tastes, they have a Trojan horse into the living room for other areas, such that a person that has never played video games might start playing them when they realize the Blu-Ray player they bought plays video games. It’s a nice theory, but theory and practice are two very different things. The only reason the Apple model that they’re partly working from is so successful with iphones and ipads is because they’re mobile platforms, and as mobile platforms people don’t want to carry multiple devices. It’s not going to work out very well when you already have a cable subscription, already have a Blu-Ray player, and already have a PC. Chances are very good, most people aren’t going to buy this thing based on a few neat conveniences/gimmicks (Nintendo’s Wii wore out the welcome mat of gimmicks, otherwise this would be a sound strategy) and that its only truly unique offering that can’t be done with what they already have or through cheaper separate devices is exclusive video games.

    Unless they pull out some stellar and unexpected development, I think Microsoft basically told us they’re going to lose this generation.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. POOP CRUSTY

    It’s just more of showing what in can do. they will probably Be a game or two but that will be left to E3.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. SlayerGT

    Xbox One?? Interesting choice.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. pleasant_cabbage

    Mostly meh there. Hardly surprising but too many Americaocentric features. TV things that won’t apply in the UK. Nfl drivel. Meh. They warned us this wasn’t about the games but jeez even a thirty second glimpse reel would’ve been nice.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    im just speechless, i have not ever seen so much crap in one box that they call a gaming console… im just glad i have done the right choice, the sony playstation. a company that know what gamers want and make real gaming consoles.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. xboxonesystem

    The One is going to be amazing.

    #18 1 year ago