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Xbox One video explains why it's 'all-in-one'

What can you do with your Xbox One? A new video from Microsoft finally goes over what you can do with the OS.

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We quite like the new Xbox One Dashboard. In particular, we love how fast multitasking between the apps can be. But what else can you do with your Xbox One? A new video from Microsoft finally goes over what you can do with the OS.

Obviously, there's a lot of Kinect. You'll be able to configure your Xbox One to act as an IR blaster with your TV, letting you say "Xbox mute" to control your TV. You'll also be able to use the system's HDMI-in to have live TV instantly accessible using your voice. By choosing your cable provider, you can say "Xbox, watch CBS" and jump instantly to the channel.

Because the video feed is being pushed through the Xbox, you'll be able to receive notifications even while watching TV. You'll be able to get multiplayer invites, jump into the game, and if you wan, you can pin apps to the side of the screen for picture-in-picture action. Because games have their own dedicated memory reserve, no matter how many apps you switch between, the game can always be instantly resumed--even if you rapidly switch between entertainment apps.

One of the apps you'll likely use often is the Record app. By saying "Xbox, record that," you'll be able to save a clip of any gameplay that just occurred. You can then open Upload Studio if you want edit the video or add video commentary to it. Some games, like Ryse will actually record "Magic Moments" automatically at key moments in the game.

This new video from Microsoft goes over what you can do with Xbox One:

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    November 8, 2013 4:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Xbox One video explains why it's 'all-in-one'.

    What can you do with your Xbox One? A new video from Microsoft finally goes over what you can do with the OS.

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      November 8, 2013 5:29 AM

      Microsoft really seems to have a polished front end for the xbox, hope all hte TV integration pays off for them. If they could get some kind of exclusive HBO go access for internet only types, that would be huge.

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      November 8, 2013 5:44 AM

      This video shows exactly why I am excited for the X1. Neither console has amazing games coming out until TitanFall -- so it is all the outside of gaming stuff that I am really looking forward to and the X1 appears to do that really well (per this video).

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      November 8, 2013 6:12 AM

      This is definitely where their strength is right now. PS4 probably has the slightly more powerful hardware and I'm sure their OS is ok... but this is MS's biggest strength. Some cool stuff they are showing and it's nice to actually see it running on real hardware this time.

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        November 8, 2013 9:48 AM

        This is why I think Sony might be in for an unwelcome surprise. If Console users were so concerned with graphics they'd be using PCs. A lot of them, myself included, got away from PCs because we were tired of always having to keep up with the newest technology to meet system spec requirements as well as all the extra effort sometimes needed to get a game up and running properly.

        Console fans these days are truly looking at the entertainment side of things, and as long as there is confidence that the games will be great (which despite the internet's wailing I believe the consensus is that the confidence exists) the war will be won through the OS, and Apps.

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          November 8, 2013 10:04 AM

          Hopefully the Steam Machines might help bridge that gap between folks like you and PC-land. Of course there will still be the "keeping up with tech" aspect - perhaps spending 3-400 bux every 3 years or so to ensure top-of-the-line visuals. That might be a deal-breaker for some, but for others they may actually want the best graphics with a simple setup at the TV. Steam is getting there.

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          November 8, 2013 10:48 AM

          We'll see, but Sony did learn a lot from the previous generation I think. The PS3 and Sony's online service are a lot closer to Xbox Live now than it was when it first released. If they are smart, the PS4 might be closer to them this time around, or just catch up through updates in the next year or two.

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      November 8, 2013 9:39 AM

      It's just a shame I can't use it as a DVR or this would be truly the best piece of technology in my home. I haven't really watched live TV in probably going on over a Decade now. Without having watched the video yet, I wonder how well the Internet Explorer works to pull up quick facts or pictures through voice command? I don't use the current Browser because it's slow and the controller input is a pain, but if I can search through voice commands it would probably become my go-to option over my tablet or PC for surfing the web.

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        November 8, 2013 9:55 AM

        It will control your DVR by using the Kinect to blast IR signals I believe

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        November 8, 2013 10:04 AM

        They probably don't want to step on other DVR and cable companies' toes with their own DVR. But since everything is moving towards streaming anyways, that potentially will make DVR obsolete.

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          November 8, 2013 10:17 AM

          Yea, the fact that you can snap APP CONTENT into the One Guide means they know exactly where the entertainment landscape is going. The TV input is going to be a plus for some people that have it now, but the box is already setup for when you move to a streaming world.

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          November 8, 2013 10:31 AM

          It's mega-wishful thinking but if they had integrated DVR features they would have sold me at the launch price. I'm sure the we-want-games-not-TV people would have been even more incensed, however.

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        November 8, 2013 10:20 AM

        I suspect you'll see more and more cable companies start offering their DVR content through an app experience http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/07/comcast-cloud-dvr-app-ios/

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      November 8, 2013 9:52 AM

      Have they said if the TV pass-through feature will work if the XB1 is off? Let's say I just want to watch TV but don't want my Xbox on all of the time, can I do that?

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        November 8, 2013 11:22 AM

        I can't remember from where but I believe this has been confirmed.

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      November 8, 2013 10:05 AM

      Very cool, it almost makes me wanna get cable... almost.

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      November 8, 2013 10:21 AM

      Really excited. First time I'd seen the voice recognition per person in action too and it looked like it worked really well. Has Sony still not shown a UI demo like this?

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        November 8, 2013 10:34 AM

        I noticed that it took an iOS-style system of not closing other apps when opening others. I know the 360/PS3 don't do that. I wonder if the PS4 is like that.

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          November 8, 2013 10:36 AM

          Windows 8 does that for modern apps and Xbox One is sharing a lot of the same stuff underneath. The PS4 FAQ specifically said the game suspend/resume stuff won't be there at launch, unclear about other apps.

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            November 8, 2013 10:47 AM

            ahhh, so that's what the "suspend/resume" feature likely means. I wasn't ever 100% clear on that.

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              November 8, 2013 10:48 AM

              yeah I wasn't either but that's what someone else here said

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              November 8, 2013 10:59 AM

              I thought it meant you can load the game and itd pop back where you were, even after turning the console off. sort of like hibernate on PCs

              hmm I guess I was being too optimistic

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                November 8, 2013 11:01 AM

                yeah wait a minute the 3ds and psp and vita all do this. shouldnt be a big software engineering feat to make it happen on consoles

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            November 8, 2013 10:50 AM

            I think the suspend/resume is more related to how the system can switch to a lower power consumption when it's not on while still being online and getting updates etc? Even if that is not in on release, I'm not too worried about it considering there is an actual chip on the motherboard to support that stuff. It probably just needs a bit of tuning.

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              November 8, 2013 10:53 AM

              I think you're right, it's some combination of both according to this: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/25/playstation-4-wont-have-its-suspend-and-resume-mode-at-launch/

              PlayStation 4′s “suspend/resume mode” is when gamers can put the console into a low-power state that behaves as if the system is off, but it actually saves the game right where you left it. This is similar to closing the shell of your Nintendo 3DS.

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                November 8, 2013 9:41 PM

                Game suspension won't work through sleep mode at launch, but the PS4 is still fully multitasking. There is video of the ability to pop back and forth between a game and applications like the web-browser and resuming exactly where you were. If MS is claiming the PS4 can't do that they are lying to the press.

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        November 8, 2013 11:18 AM

        They had a stage demo of the Kinect and the Dev tool showed when a person was talking or not as well as when they were facing the sensor too.

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      November 8, 2013 10:34 AM

      The only real bummer with the video was the Skype. Of course in the commercials the call answers in half a second and gives them a split screen, in this it seemed to take around a minute and covered the screen(though that may be an option I guess).

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        November 8, 2013 10:37 AM

        yeah it's hard to know whether that is the norm, in any case you'd be able to snap the Skype call to the side so you could keep doing other stuff (gaming or otherwise). Curious whether you'd be able to set defaults for some of that stuff (like always answer a Skype call with a snapped view).

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        November 8, 2013 10:44 AM

        I think the Ars guy said there was a Skype bug that caused it to cold boot the app to answer the call even if it was already running.

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      November 8, 2013 10:37 AM

      That's pretty slick. It's definitely a well designed and smooth interface. I really like the OneGuide since that's something I'd actually use. I don't think I'm willing to pay $500 for it anytime soon but maybe later once the price is right and the whole package is proven to work well.

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      November 8, 2013 10:46 AM

      I look forward to more games allowing ya to scan your face in for your character in games.

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      November 8, 2013 11:16 AM

      This looks great. Can't wait to compare the 2 consoles and decide which will be the preferred platform for multi-platform titles. Last time it was 360 but that was because the fidelity was a wash and I preferred the Live network and xbox controller. If the PS4 fidelity advantage is significant or they've upped the network I can see choosing PS4 as the preferred. I usually buy all platforms as I love playing the first party titles on each and I am fortunate enough to have the means to do so, though I do sacrifice other things for the luxury.

      I love new console time!

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