Ten Reasons To Love The Xbox One Operating System

Microsoft's Xbox One operating system appears to improve upon Xbox 360's OS in almost every way.

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Sony’s PlayStation family received a majority of the positive attention from Gamescom this week, but Microsoft also deserves special mention for an important reason: the Xbox One operating system. It’s still in a pre-release state, though you’d easily mistake it for a finished product. Its design and functionality are a huge improvement over Xbox 360’s current OS. There’s a lot to like about the new direction Microsoft has taken for Xbox One that should please developers and players alike.

Redesigned Metro User Interface

Microsoft’s go to, boxy aesthetic exists in many forms, but it’s never looked as refined as it does in the current version of the Xbox One interface. The home screen gives priority to apps rather than Marketplace recommendations, and individual menu panes are streamlined, favoring clutter in place of large panels. It even looks like the dashboard has been cut down to three pages, rather than the usual eight; a page for pinned items and system apps, the home screen, and another for the Xbox Marketplace.

Quick Response Time

The demo that was shown during Gamescom featured a few developer friendly debug items on screen, but the most prominent bit of exposed console code was the measured response times that would pop-up when switching pages, loading apps, or inputting voice commands. In every case, the Xbox One flew through these tasks in less than 9/10 of a second. Though there aren’t accurate timings to measure it against, in practice, Xbox One makes Xbox 360’s dashboard look as slow as molasses.

Developers Can Add Achievements Post-Release

Where developers had been locked into setting achievements before shipping the final version of their games in the past, they now have the ability to modify or add new achievements at their discretion on Xbox One. This could lead to special events or daily challenges that could extend the life of a game, plus, with the prominence of people combing leaked achievement lists in search of spoilers, developers have the ability to control when this information becomes public domain.

1000 Friends, Unlimited Followers

It’s well known that the friend lists have been extended from 100 to 1000 entries for the latest Xbox, but what’s news is the ability to follow people through a system that functions like Twitter. You may not make the cut on Major Nelson’s friend list, for example, but you will be able to track what games he plays, the achievements he earns, and sort through his video uploads, assuming allows them to be viewable by the public.

Six profiles can be signed in at once.

The Xbox 360 currently allows up to four profiles to be active at the same time on a single console, but not so with the Xbox One. Even if you have just a single controller actively connected to the console, you can sign six people in at the same time. All you have to do is use the Kinect’s voice recognition feature to sign in.

Individual Speech Profiles

When multiple people are signed into the same Xbox One, it can recognize which person in a group is talking to the Kinect, and display that individuals’ information (achievements, friends, games, apps) rather than divert to the first player by default. Unfortunately, due to privacy concerns, speech recognition profiles do not carry over to the cloud for use on other Xbox One consoles.

Advanced Voice Commands With Kinect

The new Kinect looks ready to make navigating the system and multitasking a relative breeze compared to the current limitations of the Xbox 360. You’re no longer limited to only switching dashboard pages, searching via Bing, or playing a disc. You can now launch apps and games by name, enter text, and control other devices such as your TV or home entertainment system.

Powerful, Universal IR Blaster

The trick to the Xbox One’s ability to control other devices lies in a powerful infrared signal blaster position atop the Kinect. Much like a universal remote, it comes preloaded with the proper codes for remote controllable devices from a wide range of manufacturers, and don’t be surprised if you can manually configure new devices that aren’t supported out of the box. When it comes to the power of the IR blaster, note that it was placed beneath the TV during the demo, yet it was still able to adjust the volume on the TV. Unlike a common remote control, it doesn’t have to point directly at the device due to the strength and breadth of its IR broadcast.

Multitasking Through App Snapping

One of the most useful features found in the new OS is the ability to multitask. Yes, this means running instances of certain apps in the background, but it also refers to the system’s ability to run two pieces of software side-by-side on the same screen by snapping one to the right edge. You won’t be able to play two games at once, but you will be able to load Bing, YouTube, and other useful apps alongside any other activity. What’s more: some apps (Halo Waypoint, as an example), can work in conjunction with games to enhance the overall gameplay experience.

Simple, Streamlined Video Sharing

Without any input from the player, Xbox One games can automatically record up to 5 minutes of gameplay for the user. With the simple command, “Xbox, record that,” the user can automatically share the last 30 seconds of gameplay with friends and followers. You can also snap the Upload application next to any game to record videos up to 5 minutes in length. Though the Xbox One is locked to 1080p at 60 frames per second, the file that’s uploaded to your live account is a 720p file at 30 FPS. The video bitrate is unknown at the moment, but it appeared clear and free of any noticeable compression artifacts during the Gamescom demo. It’s also unclear how many videos users will be able to store in their live account.

Editor's note: This feature originally stated that the Xbox One automatically records 30 minutes of gameplay footage, which is incorrect. The statement has been amended accordingly. GameSpot regrets the error.

Discussion

5193 comments
smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

NEWS FLASH!

Xbox has now changed the color of the ring when the system overheats to blue because "The Red Ring of Death" was lowering the self confidence of to many fans. This change was made after the demands of so many fans that M$ couldn't see selling systems without changing it. When you try to run that huge OS and a couple other things at once and your system burns up, we will now be referring to that as "The Blue Ring of Death". 

This should go without saying but in case anyone is asking for a posted link as proof, (I am being sarcastic). As high of hopes as I had for this system, I will be seeing Sony fans at midnight releases on the night of November 14th....sigh....

negativeions
negativeions

If you like being spied on and have ads show up in your game, xbone is the console for you.

bigcr47
bigcr47

Looks awesome! Can't wait to finally replace my TV PS# for blurays and 360 for games with just one device. FREEDOOOOMM!!! (from all those damn wires and inputs) :)

Lostat
Lostat

What I would like to hear more of, and something which has been distinctly lacking in prominence I think, is to hear much more about Xbox-One being able to broadcast to Twitch.TV directly through the console. 

When that was announced, I thought that was a really big deal for me, so I would love for Microsoft to maybe stream  one or two bit of that whereby we the audience can watch some of it on the Twitch.TV website.  To be honest, I'm really surprised its has seemed as low-key as I feel it has been so far.

purple_T
purple_T

NOT INTERESTED! in 9 of the 10 reasons! sorry

cyrease
cyrease

yeah and the fact that they are going to be streaming ads as if the money for the paywall wasnt enough noo they are going to be showing ads tailered to anyone stupid enough to buy the console xD

Godokuno_Dan
Godokuno_Dan

Nice how they tapdanced away from the more important questions, like how much of the 8gig ram does the operating system use at all times?

negativeions
negativeions

Be surprised if it doesn't crash after 20 minutes.

At3fD
At3fD

sony fanboys everywhere ! ! ! 

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

So it looks like the worst part of Windows 8. Ugh.

DYLANMMOPI
DYLANMMOPI

It's not 'new' if it looks like a Windows 8 computer.

zathroe
zathroe

Why are people complaining that the XOne's UI isn't purely for gaming? How many people have bought a phone in the last couple years just purely for making phone calls? Everyone wants more stuff packed into their devices. And no one complained when the PS3's UI  had a Video and Photo options. So why complain now? All the new systems are doing is expanding on those ideas.

Insaaane1
Insaaane1

For those of you who aren't interested in buying an xbox1, why are you in here. I'm not getting the PS4 so I'm not on the PS4 site. I'm not getting a pc so im not looking at pc's.  Even though I wouldn't mind having another PC or a PS4, I think the xbox is unlike any product I've ever seen. While PS if afraid to try something new, and just does the same thing every year to keep it safe. Xbox always takes a risk, which is very exciting. I like to see innovation.  I want to control Games with my voice or body motion. I want to use my phone or tablet to join  a game while im away from home.  Yeah it's nice to come home pop a game in and just start playing but I can still do that with the original sony playstation.  The world is changing folks, therefore I want games to change.  What can I say I don't just love games, I love technology!

northArrow
northArrow

In regards to "Advanced Voice Commands With Kinect" please update this to reflect the fact this feature is not available in most areas of the world.

And probably won't function correctly in areas where it is anyway

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

Absolutely nothing impressed me. Thanks.

floofenhaagen
floofenhaagen

Can you hook up a keyboard to the Xbox one? A mouse? Tired of kicking a$$ in Black Ops II with a broken guitar hero controller...

kluberpt
kluberpt

I will buy the console that supports my Fanatec wheel that costed me my ass.
If none will support, I will turn to PC.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

The reason why many people are ragging on the Xbox One is that they don't have the money to buy it so they have to settle for second class and that is why they try to do what they do. 

Feedbackula
Feedbackula

@smokeless_0225 Every time I see "M$" I only read it and hear it in my head as "M-dollar" thanks to Feedbackula... And no... Not myself...

negativeions
negativeions

@At3fD smart people everywhere... who don't like ads or being spied on, that's all.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Insaaane1 PS3 had Bluray, great for fitting more info about games on the disc... Also came with WiFi in the box. They took a risk with the cost of the system. PS4 has eye toy and a touch pad on the controller, and also has voice controls. They're just not forcing people to pay for Eye toy if they don't want it... It seems you're choosing to overlook the "risks" that Sony does take with the systems they put out.

Sony tech just seems to revolve around games, so for a gamer it's great, but for just tech heads I guess it gets overlooked. A lot of people read Xbox articles just so they can be informed consumers. Maybe you should actually check out some PS4 articles to see what they're offering. No reason to choose ignorance when all the information is free to the public.

FenrirGaros
FenrirGaros

@Insaaane1 and before we know we have true AI  and dream-ware like sword art online/ 1/2 prince and/or gaming helmets or visors like dot hack. or like gamer or tron.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@northArrow

Things like this take time because of the Always online Reversal.  Because you guys couldn't live because they were pushing for an online console.  So this is your fault.  So, SU.  Thanks. 

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer

Nothing is going to impress you even if Xbox One was FREE. See ya.

sersoft2
sersoft2

@kluberpt  PC is your only choice and the only smart choice for this console generation

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Yogurt_master That argument would work if the 'second class' machine was actually less powerful instead of more powerful. ;)

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Yogurt_master nothing is going to convince you that Microsoft is RIPPING YOU OFF!  It took me 3 years to get it - you have no excuse.

FenrirGaros
FenrirGaros

@sersoft2 @kluberpt absolutely but alas all i can afford the coming months is exactly 401 dollars, since the pc i want is not available at that price and is about 3000 dollars, not a mac, its a pc and i called it "THE SUPER SPECIAL AWESOME BAD ASS GAMING MACHINE"  that runs on HAL 9000.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer

It is less powerful.  No doubt about that.  Don't pay attention to the numbers that were released.  The PS4 GPU looks better on paper but it is using "off the shelf" PC hardware.  Well, a good 95 percent of it is off the shelf for the PS4.  The XB1 is more efficient and it also offloads processes to other processors that the PS4 doesn't have access to.  Remember, a lot of the GPU CU's can also be used for other things like sound processing, which the Xbox doesn't need.

If Microsoft's console was off the shelf PC parts and didn't have the cloud to a gateway that offers even more abilities, then I would definitely agree with you.

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Yogurt_master @FenrirGaros that's where you're wrong.  Microsoft used to be under control of a great man (Billy Gates) and then Ballmer took over and pissed the company into hell.

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

@FenrirGaros You shouldn't buy a PS4 on release date since the PS3 was also known for suffering from the YLOD (Yellow Light of Death) which is like the equivalent of what the xbox 360 had.  I suggest that you wait for later revisions for either console you choose.

zathroe
zathroe

@FenrirGaros Well I'm sorry to hear about your mishaps with your systems. However I've only bought two Xbox's in my life. The first one Red Ringed after three, or so, years of use do to a video card malfunction. The second one I bought was the one I'm currently using now, the Xbox "slim". 

How could you know that this new product is as you say "the most unstable shit out there" when you haven't even tried it yet. And if I'm not mistake'en, from the videos at E3, the only product that I have seen crash was the PS4 during the Battlefield 4 debut.

Now while I am strick'en with grief over the fact you may have spent over $1000 on multiple products, that since you have had four of the I can only deduce you take very poor care of, maybe you should wait a couple months after the launch of said devices to determine for yourself which console you would prefer before blatantly accusing it of being unstable.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@FenrirGaros

Here is a picture of it.  Enlarge it and look at those pipes, heat sink and fan.  The box is big for a reason dude.  It's not because Microsoft is inefficient, but they are extremely cautious.   They know that another Red Ring of Death would sink them and it cost them billions before.  They have made many 360's and Kinects and nobody has complained about anything breaking down and they took that and learned from it.  See for yourself.

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6972/20130514-XBOX-ONE-TEARDOWN-014.jpg

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@FenrirGaros

You can do what you want but Microsoft learned their lessons a long time ago and spent billions of dollars paying for their mistakes.  If they die like the RROD they are done and they know that.  Why do you think the box is much bigger this time around. 

Did you see the size of the heat sink and the fan, it takes up almost the entire right front to back with some space for the hard drive.

Also they are using a "SOC" which stands for System on a chip, so there is less connections that have to go over the motherboard and are inside the chip itself. 

Did you also know that the system will underclock itself automatically if there is too much heat?

So, you can stay away from the launch if you want, but I just don't think you know how much has changed.  It isn't even set up in the vertical position anymore. 

FenrirGaros
FenrirGaros

@zathroe @FenrirGaros at E3 X1 had sold me until the last half of their business model presentation. and then what lit the anger in me was X1 is 500 dollars. I paid 350 dollars for my 160 gb PS3 slim after my fourth xbox burnt out on me. then it died on me  1/2 year later then i got another and bigger hard drive and installed it. I want a system that will not die on me or overheat my room and wont disintegrate my wallet. so this time around I'm going to steer very clear form the most unstable piece of shit out there.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer

How are they ripping me off?  Did they put a gun to my head?  Did they build an empty box with no console in it?  How did they do that exactly?

It's all in your head. 

azburns
azburns

@FenrirGaros @sersoft2 @kluberpt yeaaaaa, no. I built my PC for about $800. Core i5-3570k, 16gb ram, Radeon 7970, ASRock Extreme 4 z77 mobo, 650w power supply, scavenged my HDD from my previous pc.

Gaming rigs are only running in the 3k range if you're running quad sli/xfire for whatever retarded reason a person would do such a thing.

Vivons
Vivons

@Yogurt_master@rabbitcancerI 100% stand by every single word you write Yogurt! I, like you, am just pissed off with the garbage information and theories people have out there. Like for example, people say that Microsoft will return their policies. Here's a comment I wrote in a reply:
I don't understand you people. It just doesn't make any sense. Why the hell would Microsoft return those negative policies that almost drove their console to the dirt underneath Nintendo? Think about it, people! Let's say in 5 years they decide to return those policies. 5 years is just an example. It really doesn't matter when they do it. Think about it: so they return the policies. Are Xbox One people gonna just take it in and continue using Xbox? Hell no. They will trash their Xbox One, IMMEDIATELY buy PS4s and Microsoft will FOREVER lose the public trust! No matter what they do, they will never get that public trust 100% back again. Why in the WORLD would Microsoft do that? Listen, everybody, THEY WON'T RETURN THOSE NEGATIVE POLICIES EVER AGAIN! They've learnt their lesson. Unless those policies are adopted by Sony, they won't return them

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer

I am a computer science major and 1.5 megabit bare is fine when there is compression used.  It's not the best if you are doing other things on the Internet.   Personally, I would not recommend 1.5 megabit for any serious user of the Internet without "cloud anything", only people with one device lightly should be using 1.5 megabits these days.

If you really think that Gaikai isn't going to used for streaming games on the PS4, then you are naïve.  They will start by streaming PS3 games, but that isn't all they plan to do.

Yeah, it's Platform as a service, sure, but there is highend research using Azure Burst mode that Microsoft Research is using to create a powerful cloud based approach.   Microsoft Research is working directly together with 343 industries to bring all of this together.

Some more information....

http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-orleans-cloud-programming-model-gets-a-halo-test-drive-7000009300/

Here is a demonstration of it working.....

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-19-microsoft-makes-the-case-for-xbox-ones-300-000-server-cloud-but-what-do-developers-think


rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Yogurt_master @rabbitcancer I'm a computer engineer - 1.5 Mb is going to do squat.  There's too much latency at any connection sitting around that for a start.  Stop drinking the kool-aid.

As for Sony's cloud - Are you talking about Gaikai??  That's for PS3 games.  Neither Microsoft nor Sony are talking about cloud-based games on Xbone/PS4.  Azure is using PaaS for Xbox - what do you think this means??

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@FenrirGaros @rabbitcancer @Yogurt_master 

The Xbox One is a powerful gaming machine.  Watch and wait for Halo next year.  I promise you that you are going to be stunned in a good way and it's only the beginning.  That long post did publish, it's in another thread down below this one.   You guys are really not understanding things at all. 

I am not a fanboy, but I did the information and research for a .PDF on Neowin.  That is how I know all of this.  I have researched into it to make things clear for people on there and to help them with all the information in one location.  I am telling you, you are really missing the big picture here and it's your own fault.  

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer @Yogurt_master 

Microsoft said that the minimum was 1.5 megabits (they have tested this).  You think Sony is going to broadcast a full cloud based PS4 game as a movie (with limited compression) at 1.5 Megabits at 1080P 30 or 60 frames per second it won't make a difference.  Yeah, in your dreams.

I think you already are dumb enough to swallow Sony's koolaid for sure.   I don't care what you get.  I really don't.  I just don't like the misinformation that people keep putting out.  

FenrirGaros
FenrirGaros

@rabbitcancer @Yogurt_master  I you want a powerful gaming machine get PS4. If you want eye-melting multitasking speed get X1. I just dont want to be sitting near a furnace this time around...

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

@Yogurt_master @rabbitcancer wrote a long post that didn't publish....summing up.  Cloud processing is only going to work on 1% of the connections because they need to be fast and low-latency meaning that all these games, for most customers, will operate in 'strip down' mode which is equal or less than the PS4.  Microsoft will blame customers connections and point to fine print - don't believe me?  Look for it when you get that shiny EULA in you box.  Second thing - Microsoft overcharges for everything and that is only going to get worse.  I had enough of it with the 360 and I'm sure as hell not dumb enough to drink the kool-aid on the next one.

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@DYLANMMOPI

I don't need two consoles.  I put the money into a better TV and a new state-of-the-art PC.  Even if I had the money I wouldn't clutter up my home theater system though.  I also have a Wii, but I didn't buy it, my wife received it as a birthday present.  

Yogurt_master
Yogurt_master

@rabbitcancer

Have you seen the "Hot Chips" conference in Stanford?  They released a bunch of information.  I am sorry that you don't get it.  Check out some of the documentation.   No, on second thought you won't believe it anyway.  The raw numbers don't account for the total performance, but hey don't believe me.   You will see.

As I posted if the Xbox One chips were just off the shelf and there were no cloud processing then I would say you are right, but you are not.