Skype, Live TV, IE all in the Xbox One

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Xbox Skype

The Xbox One will be bringing along many of the features found in the Xbox 360, but in new and improved ways. Skype will be included in the Xbox One and will now allow users to make group calls. The Kinect now also includes a 1080p camera, so full HD calls should now be possible.

Microsoft also showed Live TV on the Xbox. The Xbox One can integrate with cable TV systems and even show users their TV Guide. Users will be able to switch channels by simply using their voice and naming a network. DVR functionality and a Blu-ray drive are now also built into the Xbox One.

An newer build of IE was shown running on the Xbox One. “Snapmode” was shown using IE, wbich allows IE to be snapped to the side while using another app or watching live tv. It worked in a similar manner to that in Windows 8.

With the next generation Xbox, users will be able to instantly switch between apps. This is possible partially due to the 3 OS Xbox One Architecture. Voice and gestures via the Kinect is also a much bigger part of the Xbox One. With the Kinect integrated into the Xbox One, Microsoft expects users to have much more of a conversation with their consoles.

Are you looking forwarding to group Skyping on your HDTV? Let us know in the comments below?

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  • Bugbog

    I’m more attracted by the non-game features than its gaming capabilities!

    • Jdrm03

      that’s because gaming wise this thing is roughly 2×-2.5x as powerful then the wii u lol.
      this thing should be people like you and they should have a second product aimed at gamers that are willing to spend money for powerful specs.

      • darthtigris

        Makes no sense to have a separate product for gamers. Xbox One is more than enough for that especially given that its specs are even higher than Xbox 360. If you don’t want to use its other features simply don’t and play games all day. It is a product for everyone, just pick what you need to do with it and stop being absurd.

        • Jdrm03

          the specs are pathetic after 8 years.
          1.2 tflops lmao. You will be able to get a tablet in the next year that is that powerful lmao.

          • Rikkirik

            Did you not hear that the XBox One will have unlimited power through the Cloud?? For every XBox One there will be 3 times the amount of Serverpower, making the most demanding games a sinch. Eat your heart out PS4.

          • Mark Romanos

            Unfortunately these days ‘hard core gamers’ are seen as very specific and picky I have friends who are gamers and to an extent I have to agree they are expecting an exact design… it might be that Microsoft has focused on the general populace as a pose to ‘core’ gamers. In saying that I find the specs are really quite good and the extra requirements can be managed by the cloud, not sure if a lot of hard core gamers understand that.

          • Jdrm03

            Lmao, you fell for that cloud bs? Hasn’t anybody told you to ignore pr bs? All the ‘cloud’ will be used for is drm lmao.

  • pezman726

    I’m wondering if all these things work without XBL Gold subscription. When I heard about IE for the xbox, I immediately hooked mine back up…only to find out that I couldn’t use it because of my Silver membership. I promptly unplugged it from my TV and it is collecting dust. I don’t see why I should have to pay for Gold Membership to go on youtube or browse on IE.

    • PoohGQ

      Can I has it, then? =)

    • Mark Romanos

      Hi Pezman, just thought I might give some insight which might give some context about your question. The development of IE and many other things in Xbox like Xbox live would hot have been possible without regular ongoing investment this is where a subscription comes in if you don’t want the new features you don’t have to purchase the subscription but if you expect continual improvement and development, the best model is subscription based. Hope this helps :)