Watch the Xbox One power up fast and search for Felicia Day via Kinect

Microsoft is launching the Xbox One in just over a week, but the head of the company's Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb continues to post up quick video clips on Vine and Instagram that show just how quick the console can handle certain tasks with its Kinect voice command features.

Earlier this week, Hryb showed how the search capabilities of the Xbox One could be used to quickly find any content on Xbox Video related to a specific person, in this case actress and geek ambassador Felicia Day.

Then Hryb went to Instagram to post a small video to show how quickly the Xbox One can power up to the Start screen and sign into Xbox Live after saying "Xbox On". The process takes just over 13 seconds to complete. Hryb claims that it's "faster than you can find your controller" although we do wonder if that would really stand up in a real world test.

Microsoft has been using these social media outlets to showcase what the Xbox One can do in the days leading up to the launch of the console on November 22nd. It's likely we will see more of this kind of promotional activity in the next week or so.

Source: Instagram and Vine

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Vinylchan said,
I'm not sure if the TV was off too,
I heard that the One will also be able to connect with the TVs infered

The Xbox has three IR blaster that can turn-on all of your equipment, if you choose to, when you say "Xbox on". It does so by bouncing the IR around the room.

KevinN206 said,

The Xbox has three IR blaster that can turn-on all of your equipment, if you choose to, when you say "Xbox on". It does so by bouncing the IR around the room.

and if something is obstructing the beam? What if the only place you can put the Xbox will cut the beam before it gets anywhere? I guess you'd have to walk up and open that cabinet door anyway. Then manually turn on the other devices which didn't receive the signal.

Why not just use the HDMI cable to send the power on signal? Its part of the standard and would eliminate the obstruction issue.

KCRic said,
Why not just use the HDMI cable to send the power on signal? Its part of the standard and would eliminate the obstruction issue.

Because composite cables are the only option for some users

EvilAstroboy said,
Your Point ?
SONY Make good TV's , so what ?

PC MASTER RACE REPORTING IN. WHY ARE THEY EVEN USING AN XBOX IN THE OFFICE?!!111eleven.

Jokes aside, maybe he was referring to the 4K bit, rather then Sony vs Microsoft as you suggested.

Microsoft probably already have a developer unit, not least for developing cross platform games with some of it's developers, but also since they've already stated that the PS4 does work on the HDMI pass through port, I'd assume they've tested that rather then just assuming Sony wouldn't somehow block it from working

das reich wolf said,
am I the only person that thinks Felicia Day is the name of a pr0n actress?

You are thinking of falacio day

Power consumption while idle will tell everything, the console is basically on a "sleep" state, this is not a cold boot.
That said, still nice that they got a "laptop like" sleep mode in there, still nothing that Sony couldn't do if the PS4 already doesn't do it (hardware being almost the same, the support is already there and would just need a bit of software to enable it).

gonchuki said,
Power consumption while idle will tell everything, the console is basically on a "sleep" state, this is not a cold boot.
That said, still nice that they got a "laptop like" sleep mode in there, still nothing that Sony couldn't do if the PS4 already doesn't do it (hardware being almost the same, the support is already there and would just need a bit of software to enable it).

It's not available at launch but will be added later.

thats really quick, if you use the xbox for like your TV guide etc youll want it to power up fast so you can watch TV quickly. The test of time will be how much it slows down when it gets loaded with stuff, but i know its not like a PC so prolly wont affect it as much

(Spork) said,
wow thats impressive ..... /rollseyes ....

lol.. ok.. I think its pretty cool that me or my GF can tell the xbox to turn on and it logs into the profile of the person asking automatically.. with voice control I bet Xbone will beat PS4 95% of the time for standard use such as watching Netflix because you don't need to have a charged remote always waiting beside you

So what would be impressive? 1 second? 5 second? 10 second? before you tell it?

Do you think it's NOT impressive because it's not fast enough?

Or do you think it's NOT impressive because the power on time is NOT important? If that's the case, then the engineering minds should just stop making things smaller, faster, and more efficient. Can you imagine having to wait 10 seconds let alone 30 seconds before you can start driving your car after turning the ignition? Or how about having to wait 10 seconds before you can make a phone call?

Edited by KevinN206, Nov 15 2013, 4:20am :

(Spork) said,
wow thats impressive ..... /rollseyes ....

just timed my tv and blue ray surround sound box (both have to be on before we get video and sound via hdmi, both Samsung) and its 11 seconds AFTER finding the remote and pressing the buttons (and switching remote mode between tv and blue ray box).

walking into the room and simply saying xbox on would be a lot better, not necessarily faster but just a hell of a lot more convenient and sometimes faster.

KCRic said,

How so? You must not have high standards.

My TV takes a while to startup, the xbox would have to wait for the TV for the HDMI handshake, also, what point would there be in the xbox being quicker than the TV?

At the end of the day, a single voice command as you walk in the room is turning all your TV gear on (TV/xbox/cable tuner/AV box) as opposed to finding your remote and turning them all on, I fail to see how this could be seen in a negative light?

Nice i wonder if that reaches optimal operating temp quick with a turn on that fast would you not see some lagg issues in a cold climate? (even if only brief)

This is not your car that was left outside during a blizzard with sub zero temps. It is a computer. Does it take longer for your cell phone to make phone calls when you are inside and it is cold outside?

I used to tell people who complained about slow network speed that it's the cold weather making the bits move slowly through the tubes. Sad thing is they believed me.

Vester said,
Nice i wonder if that reaches optimal operating temp quick with a turn on that fast would you not see some lagg issues in a cold climate? (even if only brief)

Ehhh.. colder = faster..

Enron said,
I used to tell people who complained about slow network speed that it's the cold weather making the bits move slowly through the tubes. Sad thing is they believed me.

that is why it is hard to game in Canada during the winter..

Have to admit, I love all the voice commands and gesture stuff that's coming. Can't believe kinect for windows isn't doing more by now.

Hahaiah said,
Have to admit, I love all the voice commands and gesture stuff that's coming. Can't believe kinect for windows isn't doing more by now.

Windows has a fairly robust voice command system, even without Kinect. Just get a good quality Microphone or Mic Array. With higher quality Mics on the newer laptops and tablets, you don't have to touch anything to fully operate Windows.

To be fair, we don't really need the Kinect hardware to do simple tasks for voice control. We've had Speech-Recognition feature built into windows since Vista, and even though it works just as well as the Kinect's with basic prompting commands, no one uses it because a keyboard and mouse is usually faster for the majority of the tasks on the PC.

For example, For someone to load up Microsoft word, you'd have to say something such as 'XBOX', Open Microsoft Word. By the time you've said that, most people can press the start button on their keyboard and type in Word and press enter and the application is already open.

The point it proven when they were doing the other video on the XBOX trying to show the voice commands, yet still kept picking up the controller while talking to each other go get back to the dash board and go to other items.

They are offering you two options to do various tasks: Controller or Kinect. You get to use which works best for you.

Unless the microphone on a Windows Vista can work 10 feet away from where you are, then no, the Windows Vista dictation is not good enough.

So what is quicker?
1) Stand 10 feet away and says "Xbox on"
2) Walk to the cabinet, open the door (if any), then press the power button

KevinN206 said,
They are offering you two options to do various tasks: Controller or Kinect. You get to use which works best for you.

Unless the microphone on a Windows Vista can work 10 feet away from where you are, then no, the Windows Vista dictation is not good enough.

So what is quicker?
1) Stand 10 feet away and says "Xbox on"
2) Walk to the cabinet, open the door (if any), then press the power button


Just walk up to the freakin' unit and press the power button. Lazy ass people...

We're talking a couple seconds, literally. When you factor in the response time from the voice recognition it probably almost evens out. Oh, and voice recognition not working 10 feet away isn't good enough... on a PC. What exactly is one doing 10 feet away that requires that kind of sensitivity?

I miss the days when a game console was about being to play games and that was the main focus of consumers. Not how "quick" it is to tell it to power on 10 feet away after making sure it's not too loud in the area for it to recognize the command.

What's quicker? Making sure it's quiet and repeating "Xbox on" 8 times before it turns on? Or pressing the power button on your controller or the console 1 time?

KCRic said,

Just walk up to the freakin' unit and press the power button. Lazy ass people...

We're talking a couple seconds, literally. When you factor in the response time from the voice recognition it probably almost evens out. Oh, and voice recognition not working 10 feet away isn't good enough... on a PC. What exactly is one doing 10 feet away that requires that kind of sensitivity?

I miss the days when a game console was about being to play games and that was the main focus of consumers. Not how "quick" it is to tell it to power on 10 feet away after making sure it's not too loud in the area for it to recognize the command.

What's quicker? Making sure it's quiet and repeating "Xbox on" 8 times before it turns on? Or pressing the power button on your controller or the console 1 time?

Nobody said you had to repeat 8 times and sand 10 feet away to use voice commands. Also, if you like using the power-button(like me), it'll still be there and the boot time is just as fast if not faster..

Veiva said,
Does that include the occasional time required for blowing out the cartridges?

That was the NES. I never blew on SNES carts. Didn't need to. The loading mechanism on the NES was notorious for being iffy and ironically blowing on carts shortened the life span of the NES even faster than if you were to blow into the system itself. The best way to fix it was to use a cleaning solution on a cotton swab or something similar and wipe down the contacts inside the NES. Once I did that I rarely had connection issues.

Sorry, blast from the past lol.

pcweber111 said,

That was the NES. I never blew on SNES carts. Didn't need to. The loading mechanism on the NES was notorious for being iffy and ironically blowing on carts shortened the life span of the NES even faster than if you were to blow into the system itself. The best way to fix it was to use a cleaning solution on a cotton swab or something similar and wipe down the contacts inside the NES. Once I did that I rarely had connection issues.

Sorry, blast from the past lol.

It does sounds like the reason your carts never broke as much wasn't due to you cleaning them with a cotton swab, but rather you simple cared for them.

Pretty much everyone I knew rocked the cart into the slot and then slapped that baby home, with the force of 11.

sagum said,

It does sounds like the reason your carts never broke as much wasn't due to you cleaning them with a cotton swab, but rather you simple cared for them.

Pretty much everyone I knew rocked the cart into the slot and then slapped that baby home, with the force of 11.

Yeah you're probably right. I hated going to friends houses and seeing how bad they treated their NESes. I was always a bit OCD with my stuff and until the 360 went RRoD never had an issue.