Xbox One video highlights multitasking, UI and voice interactions

In the upcoming weeks ahead of the Xbox One launch, we can expect Microsoft to release a media-onslaught of advertisements to promote the new console to help raise awareness of its latest entertainment device. This morning, Microsoft released another such video that highlights the gaming and multi-tasking capabilities of the machine.

The purpose of the video is likely to show that the Xbox One can do many things, besides gaming. The clip highlights the fact that voice commands can be used in many different ways to share content, navigate the UI, search and more.

While we know that advertisements are designed to show the best-case scenario, it’s hard to ignore how fast the switching between games, a Skype call and watching TV occurs in the spot. All of the transitions were nearly instant and if this holds true in the real world, it could be a big hit and set consumer expectations high for what modern computing should feel like.

We won’t have to wait long for the Xbox One to arrive; it will be released on November 22nd with a starting price of $499.

Source: YouTube | Via: Engadget

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froggyliver said,
The guy in the video has some crazy ADD. lol

That's what I was thinking. Dude needs to lay off the caffeine.

Really impressed with the UI (if in fact it is that quick/snappy). I do hope they add more specific instructions. I know I remember from a early Demo the guy was able to say specific networks like "Watch HBO". This works much better for me as I have no clue what my channel #s are, just networks.

jerzdawg said,
Really impressed with the UI (if in fact it is that quick/snappy). I do hope they add more specific instructions. I know I remember from a early Demo the guy was able to say specific networks like "Watch HBO". This works much better for me as I have no clue what my channel #s are, just networks.

In the initial launch they demoed the Xbox multitasking and it did indeed look that fast. However, in both demos all the content is already loaded and in memory. Wonder what the actual load times for apps and games will be. I hope much faster than now, but with no SSD I have some doubts.

I suspect the load times on these apps are not due to I/O latency to the local drive. It's probably the account validation and catalog refresh over the Internet. The only way to cut that time is have them start at boot and cache that stuff.

Spicoli said,
I suspect the load times on these apps are not due to I/O latency to the local drive. It's probably the account validation and catalog refresh over the Internet. The only way to cut that time is have them start at boot and cache that stuff.
caching is a solution but they say only 4 or 5 apps can be cached at a time I believe.

incendy said,

In the initial launch they demoed the Xbox multitasking and it did indeed look that fast. However, in both demos all the content is already loaded and in memory. Wonder what the actual load times for apps and games will be. I hope much faster than now, but with no SSD I have some doubts.

Well if you noticed, he chose to start Titanfall, but the system kept playing his video and then notified him when Titanfall was ready to play, so I assume that's how it could work across the system and should make loading largely an unnoticeable background job.

Time to head on over to YouTube to see all the nut-jobs giving the thumbs down and making ridiculous comments. Seriously, some of them don't make any sense.

Since the GAF and N4G community can't be trusted to fairly rate this video or leave mature comments I've gone ahead and turned off ratings and comments. Maybe one day the communities will grow up and stop acting like children but I'm not holding my breath.

The video description amused me lol, sadly very true.

I hope they enable some deep linking like on Windows Phone. I'd love to be able to say "Xbox watch the latest episode of Supernatural on Hulu", and have it automatically launch the app and start streaming in less than 5 seconds. It would be much faster than using a remote, navigating to the app, and launching the show.

Drewidian said,
I hope they enable some deep linking like on Windows Phone. I'd love to be able to say "Xbox watch the latest episode of Supernatural on Hulu", and have it automatically launch the app and start streaming in less than 5 seconds. It would be much faster than using a remote, navigating to the app, and launching the show.

That'd be cool, we'll have to see if they went that far but I expect if they haven't at the start they'll get there in time. This things going to be on the market for at least another 7 years like the 360.

Spicoli said,
You'd have to run it in the background all the time to avoid all the startup stuff it does.

Even if you have to wait for the startup stuff it would still probably be quicker than doing it by hand.

No way that actually looks really good, flows smoothly, instantly starts viewing stuff, snaps to screen really well, voice commands are perfect (at least in the video could be good to know how many attempts were needed to get it all perfect, hopefully 0 attempts).

The modern UI looks alot better on x1, so should all be good. We'll have to wait to see how the ps4's UI stacks up cus guess they havnt shown it off yet, it looked minimally dumbed down on the eurogamer vids prolly so as not to give anything away

psionicinversion said,
No way that actually looks really good, flows smoothly, instantly starts viewing stuff, snaps to screen really well, voice commands are perfect (at least in the video could be good to know how many attempts were needed to get it all perfect, hopefully 0 attempts).

The modern UI looks alot better on x1, so should all be good. We'll have to wait to see how the ps4's UI stacks up cus guess they havnt shown it off yet, it looked minimally dumbed down on the eurogamer vids prolly so as not to give anything away

It will depend on how easy it is for a computer to understand your voice. I don't think I have much trouble with mine on computers in general except for a few odd words here or there.

That looks pretty slick. I suspect MS have the advantage with their software vs Sony. I also think that having kinect there in every system was a very good idea..

Really wasn't that interested in any of the new consoles (PC gamer)... but that's pretty impressive, may have to give some thought to picking one of these up later.