Xbox One video shows console's multitasking, fast loading

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One feature true multitasking for the first time in an Xbox console, though the company hasn't revealed much footage of the feature. A YouTube user has done what Microsoft hasn't, however, and uploaded a video showcasing multitasking as well as the improved performance over current-generation consoles.

The video, uploaded by YouTube user Jackson Carter, shows a pre-release version of the console as well as brief footage of the Crytek third-person action game "Ryse," slated to launch alongside  the Xbox One on Nov. 22. Carter's Xbox One appears to be part of Microsoft's hardware beta program for the console, as one of the tiles on the dashboard is labeled "new in beta."

"Ryse" loads instantly on the console, one of the advantages heavily touted by Microsoft regarding Xbox One's next-generation architecture. Upon pressing the Xbox logo button, the console goes back to the dashboard.

"It keeps playing [the game], it just kind of minimizes it," Carter says. "It doesn't actually exit out of the game."

Carter adds that the software is still fairly buggy, noting its pre-release state.

In addition to the multitasking, Carter shows the general appearance of the Xbox One dashboard, which Microsoft showed to gaming press at the Gamescom trade show in Germany last month. The dashboard is largely reminiscent of Microsoft's Metro interface used in its Windows 8 and Windows Phone operating systems, mimicking the design style more closely than the Xbox 360 dashboard.

The Xbox One dashboard features a more streamlined interface than the Xbox 360 dashboard, using three panes – a pane for pins, another for general tasks and final pane for the console's store – instead of the eight panes found on the current-generation Microsoft console.

Update: The original video was taken down; this post has been updated with a video uploaded by another YouTube user.

Source: YouTube via NeoGAF

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Guy needs to break out some pledge in that place. My sinuses were hurting just looking at the crap hole.

As for the video, there's mentions on the forum that this is a leak... no, just no. Why would any company leak a badly shot video of their new UI under performing in some filthy guys bedroom?

so a 3-4 second lag after pressing the home button is very fast multitasking? I alt-tab to my desktop from almost any game in less than 1 second

Shadowzz said,
You saw him press the home button, it takes a few seconds for the home screen to pop up.

yeah, but this is a game utilising full dx hardware, a couple of seconds lag is fine (that if this is present on the final build), std multitasking between apps is lightning fast as shown in the initial announcement.

This isn't multitasking, it's just scaling. It's been in Mac OS X (and Windows Vista onwards) from day one. Scaling is pretty light on the CPU if coded efficiently at low-level.

68k said,
This isn't multitasking, it's just scaling. It's been in Mac OS X (and Windows Vista onwards) from day one. Scaling is pretty light on the CPU if coded efficiently at low-level.

The one can multi-task to a great degree unlike the present consoles. What they showed isn't technically multi-tasking though since they didn't launch into any other apps while playing the game so yeah you're technically right. Still I don't think it's too hard to imagine how this ability will evolve over the life of the console.

Even so, multi-tasking isn't anything groundbreaking. I can have 3 virtual machines running at max making my CPU run at full load, and yet, the UI runs as smooth as silk.

Edited by 68k, Sep 9 2013, 9:58am :

I like it. Looks rather modern, and by condensing all their UIs to a similar looks, it promotes functionality and familiarity.

CygnusOrion said,
That UI is quite sad looking.

It looks even more boring than the 360 interface. I didn't think that was possible, but there it is.

Kalint said,
Yeah... Looks like they're using MS Paint now to design their interfaces

I'm pretty sure it was made by a 14 year old in MS Paint for a school project, and then MS stole it.

Oh!
It is not like this could be the final version. If it is, nothing that an update can do. I've seen my 360's interface changed quite a few times.

In other news, in an alternate universe, the Xbox One interface wins award after award for UI design. Sony fans snort, insisting "Who the fark cares--it's the games that matter."

CygnusOrion said,
That UI is quite sad looking.

It's also a beta and the home screen will look slightly different. Also, as you'll be able to personalize it somewhat yours won't look quite like that. To each his/her own though.

pcweber111 said,

It's also a beta and the home screen will look slightly different. Also, as you'll be able to personalize it somewhat yours won't look quite like that. To each his/her own though.

You mean where you can change the primary color? WP, just like windows 8, just like Xbox one now; are crap, bland UIs!

jasondefaoite said,

Don't worry. All it needs is a **** ton of ads on there. MS will sort that out for launch.

MS already stated no ads for the home screen.

myxomatosis said,

Yup, boring and uninspired. The PS3 interface feels more modern and alive...

Really? Each to their own i guess but from what i've seen of the PS4's, it looks as bad and as dated as the PS3's always looked. Sony has just never been able to do UI.

Skin said,
I like it. Looks rather modern, and by condensing all their UIs to a similar looks, it promotes functionality and familiarity.

Modern how!??! It looks like Windows 3.1 if it were made for touch screens. It's the most plain, boring UI of the past 20 years or so.

hasnt the PS4 got a glossy finish to? it'll either turn into a contest about which one either attracts less dust or which one saves cleaning time by attracting all the dust to 1 central location, i.e. the console!!

virtorio said,
This video also confirms that the Xbox One is going to attract dust and smudges like a mofo.

Yep. Waiting for the matte finish version! Kept my original white Xbox 360 for years, then only got the new smaller ones when they released a matte version. Glossy stuff looks cheap.

As this is most likely (actually guaranteed) under NDA, he's not very smart to publish this with his name public (and potential showing of the tags on the xbox

TempUserName said,
How so greenwizard?
It's already got the publicity it needs, and it still will outsell the PS4, much like the xbox360....haters gonna hate

Wait... so the 360 outsold the PS3? That's news to me...

Spicoli said,
Console trash talk? Seriously?

People love this stuff. The whole opportunity to devote oneself to a product with a rival and declare war on the opposing 'team'. It's still all meaningless, but that won't stop people from getting as emotionally invested as possible.

TempUserName said,
How so greenwizard?
It's already got the publicity it needs, and it still will outsell the PS4, much like the xbox360....haters gonna hate

360 came in 3rd place overall in worldwide sales. Selling 78.2 million consoles, the PS3 sold 79 million consoles. The 360 was on the market for a year before the PS3 came out. Making it the least sold console of out 3.

The PS3 and 360 are essentially tied. That MS has just about zero presence in asia says a lot about just how much they're beating the PS3 in the biggest market in the world, the US. If you wanna crow about worldwide sales being within about a percent of each other go right ahead. Forgive the rest of us though for rolling our eyes.

pcweber111 said,
The PS3 and 360 are essentially tied. That MS has just about zero presence in asia says a lot about just how much they're beating the PS3 in the biggest market in the world, the US. If you wanna crow about worldwide sales being within about a percent of each other go right ahead. Forgive the rest of us though for rolling our eyes.

Tell that to the guy who can't even get his numbers right to begin with.

Snake89 said,

360 came in 3rd place overall in worldwide sales. Selling 78.2 million consoles, the PS3 sold 79 million consoles. The 360 was on the market for a year before the PS3 came out. Making it the least sold console of out 3.

Did Sony's financial reports finally confirm that? As I know they have been combining PS2 and PS3 for about two years, just like they have with the PSP and Vita to artificially inflate poor numbers. VGChartz' numbers are nothing but guesstimates and I've seen massive corrections there many times.

Joshie said,

People love this stuff. The whole opportunity to devote oneself to a product with a rival and declare war on the opposing 'team'. It's still all meaningless, but that won't stop people from getting as emotionally invested as possible.
Which is exactly why I read tech news: because the arguments in the comments are the best.

American gaming market is dying. Look at the recent years. Europe has become bigger in the last year
USA aint most important market anymore. PS3 won in EU and Asia. USA only market where 360 sold more. Be proud of that mates! And PS3 had one year less to sell and came in late.
And PS2 sales are still listed separately.

EU is a tie really, in the UK (the single biggest market in the EU). The Xbox has is the second best selling console of all time, only the PS2 is higher and not by much. Also the main thing to look at is how much people play each console, you might own both but play one of them 90% of the time.

Sony may have sold marginally more consoles that Microsoft. That's great news.

Unless you consider the fact Sony are still losing money on every PS3 hardware sold. Unless you consider the fact that every cross-platform game sells more copies on XBOX, and unless you consider more games overall have been sold on average per XBOX compared to per PS3.

The conclusion is people buy PS3s for bluray, and not what Sony wants them to buy them for - games.

Sony stopped making a loss on the PS3 after the first revision (slim).
PS3 was marketed as an AIO media device. Not so much a gaming machine as they are doing with the PS4.

And for Sony its more, PS owners are more likely to have more Sony equipment like TV's, surround sound etc.

dead.cell said,

Tell that to the guy who can't even get his numbers right to begin with.

From what I can tell, no one but MS and Sony has the numbers right. Not even the guy quoting the 78.2 and 79m numbers above. It's all just fanboy BS!

uxo22 said,

From what I can tell, no one but MS and Sony has the numbers right. Not even the guy quoting the 78.2 and 79m numbers above. It's all just fanboy BS!

Exactly! Especially since Sony combines numbers in their financial reports to hide the truth, we can't verify it anymore as those were the only numbers that were truthful.

shao said,
The conclusion is people buy PS3s for bluray, and not what Sony wants them to buy them for - games.

Which is quite humorous when you think about how Microsoft is now trying to fill that gap of being a media centered device. They can spend all the time they want talking about television, but until they get some of those apps out from behind the paywall, they won't beat Sony in terms of entertainment. For those that want to watch movies and play games now and then, $400 without needing a subscription sounds much better than $500 plus a sub.

Of course, only time will tell how it will all play out. I know I'm supposed to be pushing for the Xbox One at work, but I do make it a habit of asking "PS4 or Xbox One?" while I'm working on an order, just for kicks.

dead.cell said,

until they get some of those apps out from behind the paywall, they won't beat Sony in terms of entertainment.

Disagree...Most of the people that are serious about gaming and Xbox already have and will continue to have live accounts. The majority of the people complaining about live cost are Sony fan boys; These same fan boys are quick to twist things when explaining now having to pay for online multiplayer gaming.

To each his/her own, if you like it and want it, then buy it if its worth it to you. Otherwise, smirk and keep it moving please.

Hardly. They're hard working people who want to watch something on the device they bought, not pay again for something they should already have access too. Doesn't make sense that the Xbox is the ONLY platform where you have to pay extra for that access.

Defend all you like, but you know you'd be laughing at Sony if the shoe were on the other foot. Being a fan of something shouldn't make you incapable of looking at things objectively. That's why Xbox fans like you will never ever make the platform any better because you apparently don't have enough sense to speak up. Microsoft is a company that listens, but they don't do anything when you tell them their crap smells like cinnamon buns.

dead.cell said,
...something they should already have access too...

Spoken like the poster boy of this era, (The entitlement age)

No one owes you anything, if you want it for free, go with the product that has it for free. It's really that simple. Just because someone else is "giving something away" doesn't mean you get to make everyone else do it as well.

You're a PS Fan, I really don't understand why you care what MS is doing. I also remember PS Fans bragging on how online Multi-play was free on PSN, yet Sony has now place a pay wall in front of it, and you're not complaining. If someone's defending something it would be you, complaining about one company doing something, then when your favorite company does the same, you spin it / ignore it.

I'm probably going to get both consoles, however if PSN charges for something that I want, I will either pay for it, or find somewhere else to buy it.

That's just me. You do what you will, just try to keep it to yourself, if you don't mind.

dead.cell said,
...That's why Xbox fans like you will never ever make the platform any better because you apparently don't have enough sense to speak up. ...

Or, it's because I have a JOB and I can afford $60 a year for a service that I like, and don't feel the need to bitch on the internet about spending 16 cents a day.

I actually work alongside Microsoft and promote their products. I want them to be competitive. I'm not there to tell them their products are magical or pretend they always know what's best for the public. This isn't Apple with their reality distortion field so I'm not sure why you're acting the same way with Microsoft. God forbid someone have ANY criticisms of them though. Suddenly, I'm entitled for wanting Microsoft to keep up with everyone else.

I have a job too. Not sure why you have to be so condescending about it, as if having a job suddenly means money grows on trees. Maybe it's because you can't handle being wrong and feel the need to drop a bomb of butthurt on someone who doesn't even own a Sony product anymore.

And for the record, I don't have to keep it to myself. Welcome to Neowin, an internet community. If what you read upsets you, you have the option to ignore it or leave. I won't beg you to stay, that's for damn sure.

dead.cell said,
Not sure why you have to be so condescending about it, as if having a job suddenly means money grows on trees...

Haha, whoa! so suddenly you are the victim here. Read the thread again, you threw the first stone, I merely responded. In the beginning, I said that the numbers game is merely fanboy BS. You responded with comments like "Defend all you like, but you know you'd be laughing at Sony if the shoe were on the other foot.", "That's why Xbox fans like you will never ever make the platform any better because you apparently don't have enough sense to speak up"

Then suddenly when I imply that you are being cheap and whiny, you take offense. Man, please!

Lastly, I'm done with the conversation, Don't want to make you jump off of a bridge or anything because your feelings got hurt. I really didn't expect you to keep it to yourself, whiny babies whine for a reason, and that's to get attention. Go ahead man and do what you do. Keep flipping the script, and claiming yourself as the victim, perhaps that's how you cope...lol I'm personally over it.

Oh, one more thing...

dead.cell said,
I actually work alongside Microsoft and promote their products.

With that statement I call UTTER BS!

In another words, you're upset because I suggested you weren't objective. Boohoo.

There's nothing wrong with being a fan of Microsoft, as I am one too. I hardly would call that a stone being thrown. The difference is that I know well enough to see that Microsoft products didn't just get better on their own, they've gotten better by listening to the public. If you can't agree with that, then I don't know what to think.

I don't care much for the rest of the drama you're dribbling out. You seem to be angered by anything that goes against Microsoft. Meanwhile, development teams like the ones who work on OneNote have no problem admitting to personal preferences, such as using Google over Bing. I mean, they are a software company after all, and they do develop for multiple platforms. It's absurd to think everyone prefers Microsoft products only.

@+dead.cell - Seriously, do you ever shut the he'll up. You are clearly a Sony fanboy, everyone knows it. You are both fanboys. The dude said he was done, but you can't let it go. Please get a life and move on. Hopefully uxo doesn't take the bait and ignores you. Please uxo, don't respond, this dude will never shut up if you do, he obviously must have the Last say.

Right. You must have missed my rants against Sony back when the PSN was brought down. Go ahead and be angry, I'm not the one frothing at the mouth. Mad because I like Microsoft and want them to be better, I'll never understand blind followers.