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Xbox One is here to help, all you have to do is ask

By Ben Gilbert posted Sep 6th, 2013 at 12:01 PM

 

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All game developers publishing on Xbox One will have to submit information to Game Help, a function on Microsoft's new game console that aims to fundamentally change the concept of user manuals. Developers submit a "help manual" to Microsoft, which then converts said manual into contextual in-game help, either on-screen or via SmartGlass."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'm in Internet Explorer, where are my settings?' Okay, well, here's 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's possible. Pessner stressed that the functionality isn't 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'll serve to add another layer in our already thorough list of Xbox commands.

For more on SmartGlass for Xbox One, head right here!

 

Source: Engadget

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"Xbox, help me find my car keys"...

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Sounds like a cool way to integrate what used to be in game manuals.

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"Xbox, help me find my car keys"...

 

Kinect can probably do that... :shiftyninja:

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xbox... how drunk was i last night and why is there 2 traffic cones and a shopping trolly in my living room?!!

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xbox... how drunk was i last night and why is there 2 traffic cones and a shopping trolly in my living room?!!

 

Xbox will then proceed to show you a replay of last night in your living room.

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xbox, show me the Kinect video recorded from last night... I think I did something I shouldn't of.....

 

*xbox* Replaying Kinect video stream from 00:00 hours up

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xbox, show me the Kinect video recorded from last night... I think I did something I shouldn't of.....

 

*xbox* Replaying Kinect video stream from 00:00 hours up

 

All jokes aside but, what if, and this could be cool, there's some 3rd party app in the store later that can turn the Kinect into a security camera for you?   Someone walks into the room after you set it and it just records?   :p

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If you read the entire article, its clear that MS is investing a lot in the Smartglass platform to act as another unique tool for the X1.  Its uses span gaming and entertainment.  It sort of allows them to have an answer to Sony's Remote Play and Nintendo's WiiU tablet without having to produce hardware to take advantage of it.

 

In that way, they can allow users to use whatever tablet or phone they already have to add to the X1 experience, making it a possibly cheaper feature to make use of. I am interested to see if they pull off a reliable system. 

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Sounds like a cool way to integrate what used to be in game manuals.

Agreed.  And of course it's still optional, so while people are sure to complain about it, it should be nice for those that need it.

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"XBOX!! WHERE ARE MY KEYS??".... oh they were in my pocket the whole time... 

 

"Xbox! Baby sit kids" I've got some errands to run... :D

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Xbox will then proceed to show you a replay of last night in your living room.

Or rather "sorry Dave, you don't want to know that"

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