The lights are on
Microsoft demonstrated how its new console lets users navigate their television watching through Kinect-powered voice commands at the Xbox One announcement event this afternoon.
The guide pulls up voice-commanded searches based on names of shows (“watch Mary & Martha”) or networks (“what’s on HBO?” “watch MTV”). Saying “Show the guide” brings the top-level guide menu back up.
Xbox One also lets you pin favorite shows, so you can quickly check out the latest Game of Thrones episode or catch up on Parks & Recreation.
Finally, the guide includes a “trending” tab that displays a list of popular shows filtered by the entire Xbox One community or within individual regions.
Microsoft has yet to reveal whether the Xbox One functions as a replacement for your cable box or DVR or if it simply takes input from that device and layers its slick guide functionality on top. Likewise it’s not clear if it can handle over-the-air broadcast or streaming Internet sources.
Update: The console's HDMI input takes a stream from your existing cable or satellite box and layers its input on top. No functionality regarding streaming Internet or over-the-air broadcasts has been announced.
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ARE YOU CRAZY?WHERE ARE THE FREAKING GAMES?!?
I'm starting to wonder if they even added gaming to this new Xbox
Are you Kidding me come on Microsoft....Show me some games JEEZ
What poor sap spends time watching TV when he/she could be playing videogames?...
Its like interactive TV, without commercials!
what the hell?i thought for sure the next article would be ONE about games
Wow.... this really is the Netflixbox One....
Glad I will be able to Watch Burn Notice on my One. Who wants games???
Well, I agree that I want to see games, but I think we should be patient. Microsoft gives the social crap first, and they'll finish off with their games. They're just showing the social stuff first so that you'll actually watch it in anticipation for the games.
Blah...Blah...Blah. I want to see some games
Wow, that's incredible, it can keep up with my shows? Guess now that DVR I have is going to be practically useless! You know, the one that not only tells me when the shows are coming on but RECORDS them so I can watch them whenever I want and don't even need to be reminded if I missed them.
I know that the person writing this article did mention that it is unknown if it will be replacing the DVR or just building on it, but either way...this function seems to be more of, "Hey, look what we can do with stuff you already have", instead of, "Hey, we have actual reasons to get this console instead of the competition", like it should be.
Xbox TVii, now with voice commands.
I'm sorry. That was by far the worst press conference I've ever watched. I'm not buying that garbage. I don't know who would. I've got a TV already, I've got a PC already. I don't need to use Internet explorer on my console. Wasting 20 minutes talking about features which I already have is not going to make me waste money on your technology.
You screwed up MS. I'll be switching to sony.