The lights are on
Today Microsoft unveiled its integration of live TV into its
new system the Xbox One. The new system is making it easy to instantly switch
between your entertainment.
With voice recognition and simple hand gestures,
you can switch between live TV, music, music. The best part? The switch is instantaneous,
as fast as switching channels on a remote control. To do this, Microsoft
created a new set of universal gestures. If you spread your hands and grab the
screen, you can get back home. If you want to go back to a movie, you grab it
and you're right back there.
Haven't you always wanted to multitask while watching
TV? Live TV on Xbox One allows you to do just that. Snap mode lets you run
multiple programs alongside one another without having to shut any down. You
can use internet explorer to find something out about a movie you're watching,
it functions right alongside the program you're watching. Even better? Want to
have a discussion with your friend on Skype while you're watching a movie?
Using Skype HD, group video calls can go right into your television. You answer
the call by telling your Xbox to "answer," and right alongside the screen is
your friend as you watch a movie.
But the TV enhancements didn't stop there, Microsoft also
showed the ease at which you can watch and discover TV using the guide,
favorites, and trending. The guide allows you to see all channels and using your voice
you can tell the system what channel you want to watch and it instantly
switches to it. For your favorite shows, you can pin them into one convenient
place, so you can keep track of what's going on in them. Also, the trending feature allows you to check on what your friends are watching and even other
Xbox Live users.
The big question we have is which cable and satillite companies is this functionality compatible with out of the box? Microsoft said the demo was working with Comcast, but what about Time Warner, DirecTV, Dish TV, and U-Verse? We also don't know if owners will have to own a specific cable box to get the Xbox One to work.
The TV features look promising. What are you most looking forward to?
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The TV features looked solid. Will I use them? If I decided against a cable box, yes. With how fast and seamless it worked, I don't see the reason not to use this over a traditional cable box (if the seamlessness is accurate).
the new name for xbox should be xbox gimmick...because thats all it is
on my WiiU controller I can do the same thing only with buttons. I can also pick the exact channel and turn up and down on the volume. I also don't have to worry about saying the wrong thing during my game in fear that my system will automagically switch to something other than the game I was playing.
Sounds like Nintendo TVii with Voice commands. I don't see the point of the skype though. If I am watching something on TV, I don't want to be talking because I could miss the dialogue. Sure, I multitask but I do it quietly so I can still hear the show...
Tagging on Nintendo TVii seems like the better social interaction to me. Just my opinion though...
Really? I mean, yeah it's cool, but REALLY unnecessary. My Wii U already is a universal remote, and yeah it is a hassle to change from my Wii U to my cable box, I really don't mind the fact that I can press 3 DANG BUTTONS TO DO IT! This is not that big a deal. So far, the only impressive bit about this console is the specs.
Wow, so many new features that any dirt cheap pc could do for years now. So impressive. Of course now you do it by waving your arms and hoping this kinect actually works. Sign me up.
We don't want Xbox Live TV, we just want Xbox Live.
This is for those who only buy the minimal or what is only needed, you know the guys who don't want to purchase more than 1 tv, cable box, dvd player. Buying a gaming computer makes more sense
so they put all this time and effort into doing all these nongaming things with this new system, which inevitably increases the price point...so ill be paying for all this useless crap when i wont be using it...makes sense....