The lights are on
On stage at its reveal event, Microsoft demonstrated the new dashboard for the Xbox One. While it isn't a drastic overhaul visually, the emphasis on using motion and voice to navigate highlights the company's commitment to Kinect.
The console starts up when you say "Xbox on," bringing players to the home screen. This panel puts the most recent activities front and center, including games and applications. Xbox Live also pushes recommendations to users via a sidebar on the home screen.
To switch to another screen, like "Music," you just swipe at the screen – something that should be familiar for current Kinect owners. New motion controls, like grabbing and panning to enlarge or minimize specific screens, lets you tailor what you're seeing on your TV (and how much of it). You can also swap between multiple types of media – games, movies, TV – just by voice. The switch happens instantly, without a lengthly load or boot-up.
A controller and SmartGlass can still be used for basic navigation.
Amid all of the swiping and media-switching, we didn't see any avatars in the user interface. That isn't necessarily a definitive sign that they aren't returning, but Microsoft doesn't seem to be pushing them.
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Meh to much work, but very innovative for our future generations, so keep it up MC.
Hmm. I just don't see Kinect being used to do everything. Seems really pointless. Plus the resemblance of the dreaded Windows 8 is worrying.
Be interesting to see how this is implemented with software in the coming years.
kind of cool but i don't hate having to use buttons to turn on something or switch from "music" to "games"
this is a slick presentation, however i am feeling microsoft's focus is far more on television and sports than they are on games. the news of eight new IPs coming is great, but i just felt wanting. i know more information will be coming in a few weeks, but as of right now, i am not the target audience for this console.
also, did anyone else notice they didn't dispute the 'always on' issue? and everything seems to be cloud based. so i would assume the always on is a more likely scenario than not.
NeXbox didn't happen, so I'm gonna call this Kinext
As per usual, it looks like the Kinect is going be a cool way to do everything except play games.
I think its pretty cool. I want to know more information on how its going to show the tv listings and what not. Will an extra service need to be bought?
The use of Kinect is nice and smooth, I personally will probably still use a controller for the most part, but it is good to see the technology present and working in an impressive manner for those who do choose to use it. Kinect to me has always had bigger implications for user interfaces, apps and technology outside of the gaming industry than it has for the actual games anyway.
So...Kinect is mandatory to us the X1. What happens if it breaks or malfunctions? Why would I want a camera constantly watching/tracking every move that I make. This thing should not be forced upon us. You're making too many bad decisions Microsoft. It seems you are handing this next Gen console war to Sony on a silver platter. Are you even trying to appeal to gamers? Doesn't seem so. So far I'm very disappointed in Microsoft's business plan for the XBOX ONE. PS4/Xbox One? Still undecided at this point. I need more info before I decide. E3 should answer a lot of questions regarding both systems.