Xbox One uses the Windows Kernel, completes the ecosystem

Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will run on the Windows kernel and that now means that Microsoft has that platform running on phones, tablets, laptops, servers, and now the Xbox. 

Having a unified platform has its obvious advantages for developers and Microsoft. With one, cohesive ecosystems, cross-platform development becomes easier and it also makes it easier for Microsoft to maintain as it's one core sub-component on all of their platforms to drive their products.

The Xbox One completes Microsoft's next generation platform and finally completes Microsoft's ecosystem to be not only in every room of your house, but also in your pocket and at your office. We will be quite curious to see how Microsoft is able to leverage this cohesiveness going forward but we know this unification has been years in the making. Seeing that the Xbox One, Windows 8 and Windows Phone are only just now getting started, Microsoft has a powerful platform to deliver content. 

Source: Xbox Live Reveal Stream

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How is the "eco system" complete here? I haven't heard that Windows 8/RT, Xb1, WP8 devices can all recognise each other on a network and stream/copy content between them.

Yup and crash and virus , I can't wait until they tell us we have to buy Microsoft hard drives for $200 + for a $20 drive . I think Sony knows what it's doing not to sold on this xbox one

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
So now Xbox One can get BSODs?

oh be quite, fact is it has been running a variant of the windows NT kernel since the first XBOX, and has always been a Microsoft OS...

The Xbox One MOST CERTAINLY does not complete the Windows ecosystem.

It would have been groundbreaking, if they would have said, it runs all Windows 8 Metro apps.
It would have been a huge one-up on the PS4, if they said it would be backwards compatible. (I would settle for Arcade games, b/c I understand why 360 games couldn't be run on x86-hardware, but there's no excuse to not being able to run low-powered Arcade games, even in an emulator)

I will say the hardware is nice, and the improvements with Kinect are great. Using Skype as the communications platform only makes sense.

One final gripe, though, is if this is supposed to be a forward moving device, why focus so much on an archaic business model. The whole ideal of hooking into your cable box, to stream TV, guide info is OLD and stupid. People are cutting the cable cord, and saving money by sticking to Netflix/Hulu. Not only that, they are shifting to more on-demand style access, NOT "TV dictated by a Guide schedule". All this TV Guide talk just reeks of "Hey Comcast, promote our Xbox, and we will give you more TV Customers."

Basically, since I do not have a Cable TV subscription, all the TV Guide functionality is useless to me, and acts as added costs in a console.

Since I have a bunch of Arcade games, and a few 360 games to finish, I am probably not going to be jumping into Next-gen right away. I guess an added benefit, is I won't be prone to any console launch failures that may happen.

I was disappointed by the dash, UI, and lack of WP8 & Windows8 integration and similarities.
The software can always be updated. I assume there will be a dash revamp in the future with new features and options. Good hardware, ok software. But this is a big setup from the Xbox 360.

That is one thing they mentioned that I forgot about. They said they designed it w/ 3 OS's because that way, devs would always know the Xbox Core OS would not change, no matter how much the "Windows" OS changes.

I'm wondering if they allowed themselves the ability to put the FULL Windows 8/9 (or whatever) at a later point in time. If this is true, then you can just negate my gripes about that part of my above comment. Of course, it will only be good if it happens.

I got to thinking and maybe they will wait for windows 8.1 release for further integration and UI changes to the Xbox One. The blue update is suppose be big. We might get the 'full' ecosystem then.

Since it is using the Windows kernel, please include drivers that will allow for me to attach my NTFS storage drive, so I can copy all my media to it. Not being able to do that with the 360 really ****ed me off.

I have over 128GB worth of media and there is no way to get it on the XBOX unless i burn it to DVD and copy the files. I don;t want to stream the media from a PC to the Xbox. I want the PC to be off and just use the Xbox.

Being a more Microsoft ecosystem friendly device than before, I really hope it actually supports a greater range of Windows technologies and habits. E.g. I plug in the sodding thing and it lets me access it.

It was surprisingly never mentioned So I assume it won't support 360 games. I thought the next Xbox would support 360 games. With a Blu-ray drive, I'm not to sure if it can read HD dvd games...

MS came out and confirmed NO backwards-compatibility for either 360 or Xbox Arcade games.

Also, there are no games that were made on the HD-DVD format. All 360 games are on DVD format.

TechieXP said,
i didnt see the introduction, but if it plays 360 games; I'm buying.

MSN article says it does not support backwards compatibility with previous Xbox games.
No clarification on what generation or wholesale.

While it will probably work, i wouldnt see the need if MS prevents pseudo technically minded people from turning off UAC or firewall.

BS
if the store of the 2 systems isnt the same, aka dev's cant publish at xboc, its rubbish for the ecosystem

i mean the only link is the stupid smart glass !

the f**ked up big time

I honestly can't wait. I'm not a gamer at all, but I'm totally sold on this and want to finally join the Xbox community

It'll be a great addition to my Lumia 920 and Surface

Looks like a solid upgrade. There really isn't another product that is so feature rich on the market. The set top box feature + multi tasking will become a must have feature.

I'm sold as well.

ObiWanToby said,
This has always been the case. Windows Kernel in Original Xbox and 360 ...

no its not, they used tiny bits but not the core kernel.

According to Microsoft, it is a common misconception that the Xbox and Xbox 360 use a modified Windows 2000 kernel.[36] They claim that the Xbox operating system was built from scratch but implements a subset of Windows APIs. The idea that it does, indeed, run a modified copy of the Windows kernel still persists in the community.

Wikipedia. Accuracy = 100% +/- 100%.

ObiWanToby said,
This has always been the case. Windows Kernel in Original Xbox and 360 ...

They kinda took it to the next level, they said the system runs 3 OSs at one point. The normal Xbox OS for gaming, Windows for the apps, and the middle that lets you flip between the two without issue. I think the 3rd one, while not said, is probably Hyper-V.

In fact I bet the Xbox One runs Hyper-V and then a base/stripped Windows 8 VM and Xbox VM and you can now jump between the two like flipping between different VMs on your PC etc.

Deihmos said,

I wonder if you can install Windows apps and use the desktop.


Unlikely ... Xbox One will use the Windows base kernel, but it seems not the Windows front-end UI.

ensiform said,
Will probably support windows metro apps though.

New technologies like touch, Leap Motion, tablets, and now the XBox One show why Windows 8 is the way it is. Technology is moving on in new and interesting ways, and for the PC to play nice with these, sweeping changes needed to be made.

Deihmos said,
I wonder if you can install Windows apps and use the desktop.

Don't even go there. People are going to start asking for the start menu and then install stuff like classic shell to make it "usable".

FalseAgent said,

Don't even go there. People are going to start asking for the start menu and then install stuff like classic shell to make it "usable".

Careful, I've had my warns increase for making posts like this. Just giving you a heads up.

Dot Matrix said,

New technologies like touch, Leap Motion, tablets, and now the XBox One show why Windows 8 is the way it is. Technology is moving on in new and interesting ways, and for the PC to play nice with these, sweeping changes needed to be made.

Exactly, computing is exciting again!

Deihmos said,
I wonder if you can install Windows apps and use the desktop.

I think most of the dash has been unveiled, at least the highlights. I was hoping for cross platform apps, but I don't think we will get them at launch.

Dot Matrix said,

Careful, I've had my warns increase for making posts like this. Just giving you a heads up.

That's just stupid.

greensabath said,
Agreed. They confirmed that it will not work w/ regular Windows 8 Apps. MS lost out on a huge opportunity here.

It would be really nice to see metro apps get a showing on their console. Certainly be a handy advantage for them over other consoles if they do, even if they are all crap at the moment ^^

Will they come bundled with a Norton Internet Security trial?

Seriously, this is probably good news. With this and the PS4 basically being PCs it might make for a better standard of multi-platform titles.

Well it's promising news for PC gamers, hopefully we'll stop getting tacky console ports with terrible low resolution textures and buggy game engines.

Indeed - thank goodness both Sony and Microsoft have gone with X86 arch - I would like to be able to play some of the console ports of late.

Javik said,
Well it's promising news for PC gamers, hopefully we'll stop getting tacky console ports with terrible low resolution textures and buggy game engines.

If Microsoft really wanted to kill off gaming on the PC, they could just make it a requirement for keyboard/mouse support on the X1.
Not only would save any problems with poor porting to PC, but most importantly, there are a lot of games that simply don't work on consoles such as MMORPGs due to lack of keyboard/mouse support, and of course PC gamers in general would feel more at home on the X1.

The only way we'll get non-tacky ports is if we just don't get ports.

Then again, it's possible the PC could be a more attractive lead platform now. With the PS4 & xbox3 being so similar on specs it could make a lot of sense, and then we'll get prime stuff again. Yay =P

Studio384 said,
I wonder if it's Windows NT 6.2 or already Windows NT 6.3, I guess 6.3...

I'm sure it's 6.3... It wouldn't make sense otherwise (And changes made in 6.3 largely contributed to their ability to do this in the first place I would imagine).

I won't be buying the new xbox any time soon then!
In fact, it would appear that xbox is now nothing more than a PC.

I wonder if this will be as much of a fail as the other Win8 platforms?

dvb2000 said,
I wonder if this will be as much of a fail as the other Win8 platforms?

It'll much more successful than your trolling ever is.