A new requirement made by Microsoft will require all game developer publishing on the Xbox One to submit a ‘Game Help.” This goal of Game Help will be to fundamentally change the concept of user manuals. Microsoft will convert the help manual into a contextual in-game help or on-screen via SmartGlass. Microsoft’s Xbox general manager told Engadget:
“You can access this in a couple of different ways,” Microsoft general manager Ron Pessner told Engadget. “In front of your console, you can say, ‘Xbox: Help!’ and then it will appear on the console. Or in SmartGlass, you can click on the Help icon and then it will just tune into exactly what you’re doing and present the right help content for you.”
This applies across the rest of the console as well, including Internet Explorer and even the system’s settings. You can say, ‘Hey, I am in Internet Explorer, where are my settings?’ Okay, well, here is where you are. Or how do I add a contact? Or how do I add a friend? Or how do I do Game DVR clips? We think this is gonna apply not only to games and game help, but also to applications on the system as well as the system itself,” Pessner said.
Beyond the standard uses, it can be integrated into gameplay directly. Should a cheeky developer decide to make a joke at the gamer’s expense for needing help that is possible. Pessner stressed that the functionality is not intended to dumb down games, nor is it an auto-play system. “We’ve been very thoughtful about how this is implemented or what’s possible,” he said. At very least, it will serve to add another layer in our already thorough list of Xbox commands.