Xbox One UI shown off in new video

Microsoft releases new video detailing how players can interact with upcoming console.

Ahead of the Xbox One's November 22 launch, Microsoft has released a new video showing off the next-generation console's user interface.

The video begins by displaying the Home screen players will see when they boot up their Xbox One, featuring their Friends list and various apps like Netflix, Internet Explorer, and Xbox Music.

The narrator then says "Xbox, go to Pacific Rim," which boots up Guillermo del Toro's summer movie. While watching the film, the user says "Xbox, join Titanfall," and is moved into a match.

While running through a Titanfall match, the narrator says "Xbox, record" and "Xbox, share" to post captured content to Xbox Live.

The user then says "Xbox, watch TV" and is dropped out of the Titanfall match and into an episode of Fox's Sleepy Hollow. Next, the narrator says, "Xbox, snap Internet Explorer" and the Internet Explorer app pops up and runs along the episode of Sleepy Hollow.

Lastly, the user receives a Skype call while Sleepy Hollow and Internet Explorer continue to run. The narrator answers the call, which ends the live TV and Internet Explorer apps. He then ends the Skype call by saying "Xbox, hang up" and shuts down the the Xbox One by saying "Xbox, off."

It is not clear if the Xbox One UI video is running in real time.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

353 comments
jark888
jark888

That's pretty neat if Xbox One and Kinect 2 can flawlessly deliver as shown on the commercial.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Some of it was obviously staged like we said - like Titanfall - but regardless it looks wonderful. Though to be honest, peopel aren't going to use those that often.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

im a sony fan and I say this looks great! and why the hell would you switch from titanfall to TV?! not to watch bluray, but to watch TV!!

DMND
DMND

Someone should tell Sony that casuals, old people and little kids, pay for their games and consoles with the same money the hardcores do. The difference is that casuals complain less.

daemonproject
daemonproject

If the XONE's UI runs as smooth as this than it's a winner for me! I love how the 360 has evolved over it's life...the PS3 has practically stayed neutral but it's still usable...an update to XMB on the PS4 would be great at least no more sluggish loading of pages etc...is a bonus!

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

People worry to much about the marketing message. MS is marketing the kinetic features to the mainstream, but Xbox One is still very much a gaming platform. Having entertainment functionality doesn't diminish it as a gaming machine.  I see no reason to be too concerned. 


svlym
svlym

XBOX developers are focusing on TV, they dont mind they sell less games than PS platform. XBOX one is XBOX TV, TV is their main selling point.

rarson
rarson

Back when Microsoft first imagined the original Xbox, they had a second team devoted to the WebTV product. Most people don't remember WebTV because it was a short-lived idea, but it was basically a device that would bring the internet to your TV. When Microsoft was designing the Xbox, they had two team create two different platforms, and Gates himself decided between them. There was the WebTV team, and the Xbox team. And the Xbox team won.

WebTV never really went away though. Over the years, the Xbox product has been slowly migrating back towards the original idea that the WebTV team came up with. Never has this been more obvious as in this video, where gaming only seems to be a fraction of the purpose of the device.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those people who says "Xbox One sux and PS4 rulz becuz PS4 is for GAMES!" But I do think the lack of focus on games is incredibly important at a time where games are starting to feel stagnant. And it's interesting to see how Microsoft has designed the hardware for non-gaming functions and is now heavily promoting those functions.

Say what you will about either platform, but it's very interesting to see Microsoft moving back toward the original WebTV idea while Sony tries to emphasize the games. And I do think that winning this generation will come down to the games. November is almost here!

Taffy872
Taffy872

Just saw the video, they really are advertising this as a social box and not a game console

DIGN
DIGN

How about we all just wait until 1+ year after launch? Arguing about the future is pretty much pointless since no one here can compute quantum physics.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Better knock this PS buzzard stuff on the head.

Originally Posted by Albert Penello

People DO understand that Microsoft has some of the smartest graphics programmers IN THE WORLD. We CREATED DirectX, the standard API’s that everyone programs against. So while people laude Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don’t know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers? Seriously? There is no way we’re giving up a 30%+ advantage to Sony. And ANYONE who has seen both systems running could say there are great looking games on both systems. If there was really huge performance difference – it would be obvious.

I get a ton of hate for saying this – but it’s been the same EVERY generation. Sony claims more power, they did it with Cell, they did it with Emotion Engine, and they are doing it again. And, in the end, games on our system looked the same or better.

I’m not saying they haven’t built a good system – I’m merely saying that anyone who wants to die on their sword over this 30%+ power advantage are going to be fighting an uphill battle over the next 10 years…

hystavito
hystavito

I wonder how well it will recognize all the various movie names out there :).

dreamgreed
dreamgreed

... hopefully they make it smoother or as smooth as it looks in the video.

Because I swear that titan fall video in this whole advertisement is just edited into the video (seen it dozens of times on different advertisements), so the UI video is just "what it is suppose to be".

If you didn't understand what I meant. I meant this video isn't real. Just an image of what they are aiming for. Now to wait for the actual release.

kerrman
kerrman

Good stuff!

Though you can tell it isn't real time since it's the Titanfall stage demo that is being "played" by this guy, I think the RAM should be able to handle this kind of stuff.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Well, there are a lot of developers now saying that both the XBOX ONE SDK's and OS are bugged-up-the-wazoo.  Big problems are hitting this system.  Locking and freezes aplenty in the OS.  This could be next gen RROD 2.0.

Look it up.  More and more legitimate sources are popping up.  For those who said "it's all just MS hate" months back, well buddies, looks like it was actually based in reality. 

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

That's pretty dang awesome. I love the interface.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@daemonproject The latest XMB update finally improved store performance, at least. Thank god - it was absolutely pathetic before how slow it is.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@AyatollaofRnR Logic and common sense are forbidden here sir, only trollish rage and ignorance.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@DIGN That's actually completely irrelevant. You can very easily discuss and anticipate and predict the future with absolutely no math involved. 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@DIGN I can, and I predict that xbox is going to suck the proverbial balls in the future as it does now.

svlym
svlym

@XNEXUS666X Actually games developed on ps4 are using OpenGL but not DX for their graphic API. The reason why most of the games in current-gen looks better on XBOX is the weird structure of PS3. Game developers are not easy to fully make use of PS3. But in next-gen, the structure is more similar to the pc structure. Developers can easily to fully understand the mechanics of both systems. Thus, hardware advantage would be the main element that determine the winner of next-gen.

rarson
rarson

@XNEXUS666X

Last generation, Sony had a superior GPU, but an inferior GPU. Sony is consistently hampered by creating architectures that are difficult to harness. This time around, the difference is significant because not only does Sony have the hardware advantage, they finally have a platform that is EASIER to develop for than Microsoft's. That custom Xbox One SoC with the eSRAM is going to complicate things for developers. If Sony's tools are anywhere near as good as Microsoft's, then PS4 could easily be the developer favorite.

"We CREATED DirectX, the standard API’s that everyone programs against. So while people laude Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don’t know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers?"

Absolutely. Let's ignore the fact that DirectX was created almost 20 years ago by people who most certainly are no longer with the company. Let's ignore the fact that DirectX took years to become relevant and succeeded as an API not because it was better than the alternative but because it was bundled with Windows. Let's instead focus on the fact that the last meaningful update to DirectX came 7 years ago and that developers are begging for something, anything, other than DirectX. The fact that anyone would use DirectX as a selling point for the Xbox One in 2013 tells me that they're pretty out of touch with the current state of gaming. I'm not saying DirectX is terrible or unusable, but to use it as some kind of shining example of software engineering is a complete and utter joke.

Microsoft's biggest problem this time around will likely be their own marketing and multimedia focus. Microsoft is intent on giving consumers a multimedia device, and I don't really see that focus succeeding with either gamers or developers like the 360 did.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@buy2playzlol this is a PS fanboy forum, you can't actually believe the biggest software developer in the world is going to make an inferior operating system that can't optimize graphics on it's own gaming console. How many PC gamers use Windows? That's Microsoft btw... How many Sony computers run their own operating system?? Have a look at this and tell me what you see. http://store.sony.com/vaio-desktops/cat-27-catid-Desktops Pretty sure Microsoft aren't going to build inferior hardware around their own OS...

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@buy2playz Multiple sources are starting to confirm.  This is bad news for MS.  Guess they'd hoped this would stay under cover until release.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@hystavito It will primarily recognize the better known titles. Could you see it playing Dawn of the Dead on voice command?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@svlym Or the fact that OpenGL has always looked like shit compared to DirectX, something any PC gamer that's been around since the 90s can tell you.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@svlym And PC's generally use which operating system to run the highest spec games? Why would Microsoft produce a platform that's difficult to develop for? Seriously, think about what what you're saying. If you guys were totally happy with your choice you wouldn't be trolling Xbox articles, I never cared about what was going on with the PS4 until the fanboy idiots started slagging, now I feel like I'm on a crusade to introduce a bit of reason into an intellectually degenerative community who latch onto numbers from a sheet.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@rarson @XNEXUS666X Stop with the "Sony shot themselves in the foot" bullshit because everyone knows it's not true and was never true. You weren't talking about it when PS2 won the 6th gen but now that Xbox has proven with the 7th gen MS can destroy them even without as many "amazing exclusives" and with a "pay wall", you all get on the defensive. 

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@rarson @XNEXUS666X You wouldn't be on an Xbox article defending your precious PS4 if you weren't just a little bit insecure. You'd have to be pretty dumb to think Microsoft is going to build an inferior system around their own OS, most PC games require Windows to run, yes that's Microsoft. Ever see a Sony PC run it's own OS? Microsoft have more experience in this field, they aren't going to build a crappy games console in favour of a multimedia player. Have you even seen both machines in action?? You'd be retarded to think Sony has the leading edge. The Xbox will not be inferior, and I doubt the PS4 will be much less of a machine either. We'll all see in a matter of weeks, but I'm sure the arguments will continue because the difference will most likely be quite marginal. I guess the Sony news isn't that exciting if you're coming to these articles just to slag the Xbox. And DirectX wasn't a selling point, don't be so foolish, it was clearly an illustration of their experience and innovation in the industry. 

Regardless of developer favourites, they're not going to dismiss a huge market because something might be a little more difficult to develop for, don't be so ridiculous. Again, if you were so confident in your choice you wouldn't be on an Xbox article, and if you really just cared about raw performance, you'd be very stupid not to just buy a PC.

Valdomer0
Valdomer0

@XNEXUS666X @buy2playz The commercial shows how smooth and dynamic the xone UI can/might/will be. But it brings several questions to me:

1. Will voice recognition be that efficient when capturing "Xbox, go to [movie name]".

2. I highly doubt you can jump into an online game seamlessly, even on highend PCs, getting into an online match takes some time. Maybe in Single Player but Multi Player is unrealistic.

Overall It looks way too good. I would love to see that in a real xone.

I'm a PS and Nintendo fan, and I respect MS for their effort. I hope they make this up and running so sony can kick their behind lol joke, I still liked MS's idea.

daemonproject
daemonproject

@battlefront1943 @buy2playz Yeah a console release isn't always smooth but from what we see we can get an idea of what it will become! It's not as if MS won't fix any issues! Name one console release that didn't have issues to start off with..and that's actually the beauty of it, is it can be updated constantly just like the PS3. 360 and wii/wii U is oh and even PC's

I'd be more worried about system failures than just OS bug crashes etc....

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@tightwad34 @hystavito Uh easily, likely you'll have to choose between versions. Dawn of the Dead is only one of the most recognized movie names in  history.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@reborn007 Yea, gamers do care about games. We care also about the internet, about our friends, being social, CONVENIENCE, integration, ease of access, movies, tv shows, socializing, and a lot of other things that we DO in fact use our consoles for.

If the only thing you do on your PS3 or 360 is play games, you're the problem - not the core audience. Broaden your horizons and quit acting like an ignorant child just because a system can do multiple things that you still, for some reason, feel  you should have to use a different device to do.

I don't even play games on my consoles anymore, all I do is buy them and then easily 90% of the time my PS3 is turned on it's to watch netflix, tversity or a disc. Same with my 360 to a lesser extent. Some of us expect more than just games out of our consoles, otherwise we'd stick to PS2/Xbox which to date have the best console game library.

e424pd5
e424pd5

@reborn007 Their target is anyone and everyone. They built a solid base with Xbox and the 360 now they are moving to get more of the casual gamers. Hardcore gamers are just jealous they are getting the spotlight, they don't push numbers anyway (hence way COD is the most selling franchise ever). The Wii, as far as profit, kills both Sony and MS. It's a business. Yes both will have fun games to play, yes 3rd party games will look almost identical, and both will have great looking and playing 1st party games. Sony is sending it's apology to gamers for the lackluster PS3 that didn't get great games until very late in it's cycle. It's all for money, $ony, M$, doesn't matter, realize it's all about the money, get what fits you, and don't complain about the competition, they keep your brand of choice in check. Trust me, if MS's policies didn't get the backlash that they did, Sony would have followed suit. All big companies are evil and don't care about you, they care about your dollars.

daemonproject
daemonproject

@reborn007 Yeah see how one may assume that about MS. But to me both systems will have their thing the other wont and MS have just tried to show another side to the XONE more than what we know it's main purpose is being a games console!

The greatest example is to just look at the 360! Okay, so now think. It's built around the same concepts but just a better way of doing what we can already on the 360! 

And same goes with the PS4 from the PS3 just this time around Sony made a better decision on how to build their system! Otherwise most things are staying the same but will just be better iterations of what it already is!

reborn007
reborn007

@XNEXUS666Xgamers care about games...Microsoft made it very clear they are after a target consumer that is not a gamer. That is why they are losing consumers that are loyal to their brand.The systems are very similar but sony sounds as if they are focusing on the gamer. They offer more free stuff. They are not forcing any restrictions upon the consumer solely for profit. Their system appears to be centered around gaming with other features that one may or may not use. the xbox is clearly centered around television and motion controller. most gamers will need to use their controllers for majority of their games therefore the kinect and all its motion control is extremely pointless and a waste of $100.

rarson
rarson

@Grenadeh

I have no idea what you're talking about, and frankly after spending 4 seconds trying to figure it out, I feel like I've spent far too much time on it.

rarson
rarson

@XNEXUS666X

Yes, Windows games require Windows to run because they were designed for Windows.  Congratulations on making an obvious statement.

What boggles my mind is that anyone would claim that Microsoft has more experience in the console field than, well, anyone, given that Microsoft is the last company of the current console suppliers to have entered the market. I can only assume that you're too young to remember the console market prior to Microsoft's entry in 2001, since you'd clearly not make that statement if you did.

"You're retarded if you think Microsoft won't win, because Sony can't." Wow, compelling argument! You haven't said anything.

If you had actually bothered to read what I wrote, you might have learned something. Instead, you assumed that it was a pro-Sony fanboy rant, so you've apparently gained nothing.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Valdomer0 @XNEXUS666X @buy2playz I'm sure if you're trying to be like "Xbox, play Back to the future 2" and the possibility exists to play Back to the Future, it might get confused. Everyone who ownsa smart phone, iOS or Android or even Windows phone, can tell you that the voice recognition is a pain in the balls, or used to be.

I'm interested to know how Xbox will accomplish this. iPhone does have that technology they came out with a while ago to reduce ambient noise - in order to improve voice recognition, so I wonder if MS came up with something similar.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Grenadeh Ha, ha. My bad. I meant Damned at Dawn. Of course everyone knows about Dawn of the Dead. Only reason I mention it is because it's something I saw very recently and I'm pretty sure not a lot of people know about it. It was and alright movie.