New Xbox One video demonstrates voice commands & seamless app switching
Microsoft has released a new video that highlights the innovative functions of the Xbox One including voice commands and the console’s seamless transition between gaming and apps.
Most gamers know what to expect from the Xbox One, as the next-gen console has been thoroughly presented and dissected across the gaming sector, but Microsoft is keen on showcasing their next-gen contender in action.
In a newly released video, the Redmond-based console-maker has highlighted a variety of the console’s intuitive capabilities, including voice commands (the convenient but also frustrating “Xbox On” command among a few others) as well as displaying how effortlessly it can switch between gaming content and apps.
In the video, the narrator uses voice commands to watch Pacific Rim, and then proceeds to head on over to the Activity Feed to queue up a Titanfall match. An on-screen pop-up tells us that the match is ready, and with a few words we’re battling amidst the fray with a seamless transition.
Recording and sharing are also demonstrated via the in-game session of Titanfall, then the narrator switches over to TV mode for some on-screen entertainment. The transitions are very fluid and instantaneous, and it will be interesting to see if the Xbox One does indeed provide this seamless experience–or if it’s determinant upon other factors.
The footage also gives viewers a peek at the Xbox One’s dashboard, which is navigated briefly. The dash isn’t a big surprise as we’ve already seen its live tile-esque design scheme, but the clip provides a more expansive look.
Snap Mode is utilized towards the end to bring up Internet Explorer whilst still watching Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, using Bing to search.
The video does a good job in promoting the Xbox One’s capabilities, and overall paints the console’s multi-functionality in a positive light. Switching between apps–from Skype to Snap Mode–and entertainment–games, TV shows and movies–using the Kinect’s voice recognition is convenient to say the least, and affords for unique possibilities.
The Xbox One is slated to release on Nov. 22, 2013 in multiple territories for a price point of $499. For more information be sure to check our recent coverage, or head on over to the official Xbox website.