Will the Xbox One Automate Your House?

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In a recent interview, Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s chief production officer of interactive entertainment, talked about the future of the Xbox One.  He shared his vision for a platform he calls Home 2.o, a service that will become the hub for all your interconnected devices.

While Whitten notes this is still 3 – 5 years down the line, he imagines that Home 2.0 will allow the One to be more than an entertainment device for your living room. The Xbox One will become your home’s gateway to the Internet of Things.  This will be the missing link that will interconnect your lights, appliances, and much more.

“You need those [devices]in a central hub as an experience to bring all these things together,” Whitten explained.

Microsoft has been serious about Home Automation for quite some time and acquired a company specializing in home automation, id8 Group R2 Studios, earlier this year.  Home 2.0 could use id8’s existing platform in combination with the Xbox One’s to allow third party developers to write applications for digital devices in our lives.

While Home 2.0 will not be available in the Xbox One at launch, it gives the Xbox One the potential to prove that it is not just another video game console or entertainment device, in a world that is increasingly mobile. With Home 2.0, the Xbox One is something that could be significant in our lives and connect all of our devices and home to it.

Microsoft has a distinct advantage Apple & Google in one key spot: The living room, and every bit of our domestic lives, connected to it.



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  • DW

    It will need to connect to another appliance that runs the automation. You don’t want automation of lights, blinds and other things dependent on a machine sitting under a TV! Having an XBox One connected to the home network is another matter though – it could contribute to controlling things, like a tablet does, but using voice and gestures; however, it’s not suited to run the home automation network itself.

  • HelloHarry

    No it will not, people that do not play games, should have Microsoft working together with Samsung/LG/Panasonic to get ONE also build in TV sets, as a game console is a very strange way to get ONE into my living room…or let Microsoft bring a small factor Roku/AppleTv, i will accept that in my living/bed room…

    • techieg

      Why would anyone build anything into a TV so people have to discard their current and perfectly fine TVs just to get it? Xbox One simply let you keep the TV you currently have and significantly enhance your entertainment experience. Besides, anything that is as powerful as the Xbox One cannot be built into TVs or as a puny system such as an iTV or Roku, that really deliver no value. And as a techie, I will add that the Xbox One is the perfect delivery and home automation is a as simple as an app, it does not have to connect to any other appliance because it does not require a lot of system resources for it to issue a minor commands to turn things on/off that are already doable on our tiny cell phones that cannot be compared to the power of an Xbox One.

  • dada

    Shouldn’t it the have Bluetooth?!

    • kool

      Wifi Direct is the alternative for this which Xbox One sports

  • HelloHarry

    I understand, but of i do not need the gameconsole part which is maybe the biggest part of the xbox,because they make big $ on all the games they sell,look at history 360..
    Also what about cpu power,made for games..But a 8 core to turn your lights on ???
    Or shut my curtains??