Microsoft shows off Xbox One's dashboard chops in new video
The Xbox One lands on store shelves in just over three weeks, and to prime the hype pump, Microsoft just released a new video offering the best look yet at the new console's dashboard. The video shows a user signing in to the Windows 8-styled home screen, and then using the Kinect's built-in voice navigation to cycle through everything from streaming a movie to gameplay to snapping Internet Explorer and answering a Skype call.
Overall, Microsoft's video shows a system that is snappy and responsive to voice commands, though it pays to remember that this is an ad rather than an unbiased look at system performance. Nevertheless, the video shows off some interesting tidbits for Xbox aficionados, including a good look at the dashboard and the much-anticipated Titanfall game.
Microsoft's Xbox One hype video also shows the Xbox version of Internet Explorer snapping beside another app at just one-third of the page—the Xbox hasn't received the 8.1 update yet, apparently. Gamers that like to show off their moves will also want to check out the Titanfall demo, where we get to see the console's ability to capture and share gameplay using Kinect voice commands.
The Xbox One's capture capabilities let you record the last five minutes of gameplay . For now, however, the videos will only go out across Xbox Live, while the ability to share with other social sites is slated for 2014, according to Polygon.
Microsoft has had something of a rough start with its Xbox One rollout despite the Xbox brand's love popularity with game players. Gamers have already complained loud enough for Microsoft to change Xbox One features such as always-on connectivity, mandatory Kinect use, and how the console handles used games —and the console isn't even out yet.
On the positive side, Microsoft said in September the Xbox One's CPU speed would get a boost from 1.6 GHz to 1.75 GHz.
Regardless of the bump in the Xbox One's performance, the IDC research firm has called the PlayStation 4 as the console to beat this holiday season thanks to Sony's lower price, fewer paywall features, and a far smoother initial product introduction. First impressions count!